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Aulus GelliusAn Antonine Scholar and his Achievement$
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Leofranc Holford-Strevens

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199263196

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199263196.001.0001

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Miscellaneous Contemporaries

Miscellaneous Contemporaries

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(p.145) 8 Miscellaneous Contemporaries
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Aulus Gellius
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Leofranc Holford-Strevens

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199263196.003.0009

This chapter reviews other persons who appear in Gellius's work. The first is Peregrinus Proteus, a Cynic philosopher who railed against Herodes and whom others regarded as a charlatan; Gellius offers no hint of either fact, but presents him as a preacher of sound morality. There are two anonymous poets (one of whom may be Apuleius) and two named: the learned Julius Paulus and the author of light verse Annianus. Gellius is shown a Vergilian manuscript, allegedly autograph, by the grammarian Fidus Optatus, and finds fault with another, Aelius Melissus; the bad-tempered Domitius Insanus rebukes Favorinus for asking him about a Latin word. In addition, Gellius indulges in some name-dropping of public persons so as to bask in reflected glory.

Keywords:   Annianus, Apuleius, Cynic, Domitius Insanus, Fidus Optatus, name-dropping, Julius Paulus, Peregrinus Proteus

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