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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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Aulus Gellius

Leofranc Holford-Strevens

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Gellius is acquainted with Greek scholarship, particularly on Homer, but pays it far less attention than he does Latin. In particular, he makes considerable use of Marcus Terentius Varro and Nigidius Figulus, who both flourished in the mid-first century BC; he is rather less impressed with later grammarians, more than once rejecting the opinions of Verrius Flaccus, with the marked exception of Marcus Valerius Probus, whose written works he knew and whose opinions were reported to him by his elders; Gellius never disagrees with him (as he sometimes does even with Varro), though he may deny the authenticity of a report. He also makes use of Pliny the Elder (not without sometimes unfair disparagement) and Suetonius.

Keywords:   Homer, Nigidius Figulus, Pliny the Elder, scholarship, Suetonius, Varro, Verrius Flaccus

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