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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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Presentation and Sources

Presentation and Sources

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(p.65) 4 Presentation and Sources
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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/9780199263196.003.0005

Gellius's manner of presentation varies from chapter: sometimes, for example, the information is presented directly in his own voice, sometimes as a report of authoritative statements oral or written, and frequently enlivened by dialogue, which often features a would-be expert put to shame by a real one, on occasion Gellius himself. Although these vignettes open a window onto Antonine intellectual life, in some instances the spoken word can be proved a literary figment; nevertheless, there is no reason to suppose that it is never a factual record. Likewise, although nineenth-century source-criticism demonstrated that not all Gellius's citations came to him directly from the authors cited, many of its results were speculative and rested on unwarrantable assumptions.

Keywords:   dialogue, factual record, literary figment, presentation, source-criticism

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