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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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Other Sciences: Rhetoric, Law, Medicine

Other Sciences: Rhetoric, Law, Medicine

(p.290) 15 Other Sciences: Rhetoric, Law, Medicine
Aulus Gellius

Leofranc Holford-Strevens

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Gellius takes an interest in real and potential controversiae, and in the fallacies exploited by rhetors; he cites Cicero's mature works on rhetoric, but neither his nor any other author's handbook. Despite being a judge, he is less concerned with the law of his own day than with that of the past; he names only one living jurist (Sextus Caecilius Africanus, not the most eminent) and most frequently cites the long-dead Masurius Sabinus. Writing at a time of heightened attention to health, Gellius offers some medical precepts, has read books on medicine, and takes an interest in physiology; several chapters have a sick-visit for their setting.

Keywords:   Sextus Caecilius Africanus, Cicero, controversiae, law, medicine, physiology, rhetoric, Masurius Sabinus, sick-visit

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