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Varia Historia

With Introduction and Notes. Studies in Classics S. No. 2

By (author) Aelian
Translated by Diane Johnson
Genres: Literary essays
Format: Hardback
Publisher: The Edwin Mellen Press Ltd, New York, United States
Imprint: Edwin Mellen Press Ltd
Published: 31st Dec 1996
Dimensions: h 230mm
ISBN-10: 0773486720
ISBN-13: 9780773486720
Barcode No: 9780773486720
Claudius Aelianus (c. AD 175- c. 235), a Roman of Prenestewh ochose to write in the archaizing Greek of the autors of the Second Sophistic, earned the epithet "honey tongue" because of the sweetness of his style. "Varia Historia", originally written in Greek in the 3rd century AD, contains a miscellany of anecdotes, lists, apophthegms, biographical sketches and descriptions of natural wonders. The volume presents Aelian in such a way that his programme for selection and compilation of information becomes apprent. Considering the range of data, and the voices in which he writes, Aelian's moral focus becomes clear, as does his agenda.

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