Aulus Gellius: An Antonine Scholar and his Achievement

Paperback | September 18, 2005

byLeofranc Holford-Strevens

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Aulus Gellius originated the modern use of 'classical' and 'humanities'. His Attic Nights, so named because they began as the intellectual pastime of winter evenings spent in a villa outside Athens, are a mine of information on many aspects of antiquity and a repository of much early Latinliterature which would otherwise be lost; he took a particular interest in questions of grammar and literary style. The whole work is interspersed with interesting personal observations and vignettes of second-century life that throw light on the Antonine world. In this, the most comprehensive studyof Gellius in any language, Dr Holford-Strevens examines his life, his circle of acquaintances, his style, his reading, his scholarly interests, and his literary parentage, paying due attention to the text, sense, and content of individual passages, and to the use made of him by later writers inantiquity, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and more recent times. It covers many subject areas such as language, literature, history, law, rhetoric, medicine; light is shed on a wide range of problems in Greek as well as Latin authors, either in the main text or in the succinct but wide-rangingfootnotes.In this second edition every statement has been reconsidered and account taken of recent work by the author and by others; an appendix has been added on the relation between the literary trends of Latin (the so-called archaizing movement) and Greek (Atticism) in the second century AD, and more spacehas been given to Gellius' attitudes towards women, as well as to recurrent themes such as punishment and embassies. The opportunity has been taken to correct or excise errors, but otherwise nothing has been removed unless superseded by more recent publications.

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Aulus Gellius originated the modern use of 'classical' and 'humanities'. His Attic Nights, so named because they began as the intellectual pastime of winter evenings spent in a villa outside Athens, are a mine of information on many aspects of antiquity and a repository of much early Latinliterature which would otherwise be lost; he to...

Leofranc Holford-Strevens is Consultant Scholar-Editor at Oxford University Press.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:464 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 1.04 inPublished:September 18, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199289808

ISBN - 13:9780199289806

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Table of Contents

I. The Man and his Book1. Life and Date2. Composition and Purpose3. Language and Style4. Presentation and SourcesII. Preceptors and Acquaintances5. Teachers6. Favorinus7. Honoured Orators8. Miscellaneous ContemporariesIII. Scholarship and Study9. Scholarly Reading10. The Latin Language11. Roman Orators and Poets12. Greek: Language, Poets, Orators13. History14. Philosophy15. Other Sciences: Rhetoric, Law, Medicine16. Other Values and Interests, Weak Spots, and Blind SpotsEpilogue