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The Worlds of Aulus Gellius$
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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

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Conflict and Harmony in the Collegium Gellianum

Conflict and Harmony in the Collegium Gellianum

(p.318) 12 Conflict and Harmony in the Collegium Gellianum
The Worlds of Aulus Gellius

Anthony Grafton

Oxford University Press

Gellius was a model showing humanists how to accumulate information by note-taking, how to present it in an elegant and interesting way (especially through dialogues in vivid settings presented as reminiscences), but also how to put down a rival in their quarrels. He also encouraged the collection of fragments, the search for hidden meanings (whence his popularity as a source of mottoes), textual criticism, and the comparison of Latin texts with their Greek counterparts. The examples of Angelo Decembrio, Poliziano, Pietro Crinito, Erasmus, and Caelius Rhodiginus are considered, as are the reminiscences of Henri Estienne, the Collegium Gellianum at Leipzig, and the circle of J. A. Fabricius. Even in the age of the Scientific Revolution, his account of Archytas' artificial dove inspired Athanasius Kircher and Gaspar Schott to imagine how it might have been made.

Keywords:   humanists, dialogues, textual criticism, Angelo Decembrio, Poliziano, Pietro Crinito, Erasmus, Caelius Rhodiginus, Henri Estienne, Collegium Gellianum

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