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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.98) 6 Favorinus
Aulus Gellius

Leofranc Holford-Strevens

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the philosopher and sophist Favorinus, a self-made Hellene famous for his eloquence, erudition, and sexual ambiguity, of whom Gellius was a devoted pupil and admirer. The precise nature of their relationship is examined, and a sexual element not ruled out. It also reviews Gellius's representation of his achievements in rhetoric, philosophy, and general learning, a representation that extends to attempts at reproducing his Greek style in Latin translation; and considers how far Gellius is to be trusted in portraying his master as well-informed but not infallible in matters of Latin language and Roman law. Finally, the Gellian Favorinus is considered as a social being, delightful company even if never praised for gravitas.

Keywords:   eloquence, erudition, Favorinus, philosopher, sexual ambiguity, social being, sophist

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