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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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(p.83) 5 Teachers
Aulus Gellius

Leofranc Holford-Strevens

Oxford University Press

This chapter considers Gellius's portraits of four teachers: Sulpicius Apollinaris in grammar, Antonius Julianus and Titus Castricius in rhetoric, and Lucius Calvenus Taurus in philosophy. Apollinaris is presented as a man of superior learning (though Gellius sometimes disagrees with him) and gentle in reproof. Julianus and Castricius are both masters in their discipline, but Julianus's geniality, which makes him a welcome guest at a pupil's birthday party, stands in contrast to Castricius's sternness, which finds fault even with admired authors. Taurus dislikes pupils whose interest lies in rhetoric rather than philosophy or who presume to dictate the syllabus, but overcame his initial suspicions of Gellius to make him an intimate despite his lack of philosophical penetration.

Keywords:   Sulpicius Apollinaris, Titus Castricius, grammar, Antonius Julianus, philosophy, rhetoric, Lucius Calvenus Taurus

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