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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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Language and Style

Language and Style

(p.48) 3 Language and Style
Aulus Gellius

Leofranc Holford-Strevens

Oxford University Press

When a word or construction used by Gellius attracts our notice, it may be either pre- or post-classical, the latter including false archaisms; although in certain matters he returns to pre-Augustan usage, he is not consistent in refusing recent developments, although his colloquialisms come from Plautus rather than the street. He likes joining synonyms, and is fond of variation; for these purposes he sometimes combines archaic, classical, and new expressions. Although a conscious artist who when translating or adapting Greek takes pains to match his style to his source, he rarely writes for declamatory delivery as Fronto and Apuleius do, but shows that he can do so when contrasting Cicero with Gaius Gracchus.

Keywords:   Apuleius, Cicero, false archaisms, Fronto, Gaius Gracchus, pre-Augustan, pre-classical, post-classical

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