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Aulus Gellius: An Antonine Scholar and his Achievement

Leofranc Holford-Strevens


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 Latin literature that 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. This study, the most comprehensive of Gellius i ... More

Keywords: Antonine world, Atticism, archaizing movement, Aulus Gellius, classical, grammar, Greek, humanities, Latin

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780199263196
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199263196.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Leofranc Holford-Strevens, author
Consultant Scholar-Editor, Oxford University Press