Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Worlds of Aulus Gellius$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Leofranc Holford-Strevens and Amiel Vardi

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199264827

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199264827.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 17 October 2019

Gellius and the Roman Antiquarian Tradition

Gellius and the Roman Antiquarian Tradition

Chapter:
(p.118) 5 Gellius and the Roman Antiquarian Tradition
Source:
The Worlds of Aulus Gellius
Author(s):

Andrew J. Stevenson

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199264827.003.0005

This chapter considers Gellius' relation to Roman antiquarianism, whose supreme exponent was Varro and which provided the supposedly factual background to everyday life. Although not himself an antiquarian scholar, he retails much antiquarian and other scholarship, and is indebted to scholarly methods and habits. These include the use of etymologies, contents-lists, careful naming of sources, the use of rubrics, the question-and-answer process, research including the study of inscriptions as well as books, emphasis on detail, and the presentation of alternative views. Antiquarianism studied the Roman past in terms of persons, places, times, and things, being concerned with public life both political and religious, and also with private institutions and the law. Its original purpose of fitting their readers for civic life had mutated by Gellius' day (the sheer pleasure of learning apart) into facilitating elite Romans' self-definition as Romans.

Keywords:   antiquarianism, Varro, scholarly methods, inscriptions, public life, institutions, self-definition

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .