Aelian (Claudius Aelianus), a Roman born ca. one hundred seventy CE at Praeneste, used to be a scholar of the rhetorician Pausanias of Caesarea, and taught and practised rhetoric. professional in Attic Greek, he turned a significant student and studied historical past less than the patronage of the Roman empress Julia Domna. He it sounds as if spent all his existence in Italy the place he died after 230 CE.
Aelian's On the features of Animals, in 17 books, is a suite of evidence and ideology in regards to the behavior of animals drawn from Greek authors and a few own statement. truth, fancy, legend, tales and gossip all play their half in a story that is intended to entertain readers. If there's any moral rationale, it's that the virtues of untaught but reasoning animals could be a lesson to inconsiderate and egocentric mankind. The Loeb Classical Library version of the paintings is in 3 volumes.
The Historical Miscellany (Loeb no. 486) is of comparable nature. In 14 books, it is composed usually of old and biographical anecdotes and retellings of mythical occasions. a few of Aelian's fabric is drawn from authors whose works are lost.
Aelian's Letters—portraying the affairs and state methods of a chain of fictitious writers—offer enticing vignettes of rural lifestyles. those are available Loeb no. 383.
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