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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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Life and Date

Life and Date

(p.11) 1 Life and Date
Aulus Gellius

Leofranc Holford-Strevens

Oxford University Press

On the basis of nomenclature, in particular the absence of a cognomen, this chapter argues that Gellius, even if he was born at Rome, most probably came of colonial stock; on the basis of a reference to a provincialism, it is suggested that the colony may have been in Africa. Although Gellius does give precise dates for any event in his own life, it is inferred from indirect evidence that he was born between 125 and 128, attended the Pythian Games of 147, and completed his work about 180. In an excursus, common elements in the Attic Nights and the writings of Apuleius are shown to derive from personal acquaintance between the two authors.

Keywords:   Africa, Apuleius, colony, nomenclature, provincialism

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