• Title: Aulus Gellius: Attic Nights, Volume I, Books 1-5
  • Author: Aulus Gellius John C. Rolfe
  • ISBN: 9780674992153
  • Page: 248
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Aulus Gellius Attic Nights Volume I Books Aulus Gellius ca CE is known almost wholly from his Noctes Atticae Attic Nights so called because it was begun during the nights of an Attic winter The work collects in twenty books of Book
    Aulus Gellius ca 123 170 CE is known almost wholly from his Noctes Atticae, Attic Nights , so called because it was begun during the nights of an Attic winter The work collects in twenty books of Book VIII only the index is extant interesting notes covering philosophy, history, biography, all sorts of antiquities, points of law, literary criticism, and lexicograpAulus Gellius ca 123 170 CE is known almost wholly from his Noctes Atticae, Attic Nights , so called because it was begun during the nights of an Attic winter The work collects in twenty books of Book VIII only the index is extant interesting notes covering philosophy, history, biography, all sorts of antiquities, points of law, literary criticism, and lexicographic matters, explanations of old words and questions of grammar The work is valuable because of its many excerpts from other authors whose works are lost and because of its evidence for people s manners and occupations Some at least of the dramatic settings may be genuine occasions.The Loeb Classical Library edition of Attic Nights is in three volumes.

    One Reply to “Aulus Gellius: Attic Nights, Volume I, Books 1-5”

    1. ”For whenever I had taken in hand any Greek or Latin book, or had heard anything worth remembering, I used to jot down whatever took my fancy, of any and every kind, without any definite plan or order; and such notes I would lay away as an aid to my memory, like a kind of literary storehouse, so that when the need arose of a word or a subject which I chanced for the moment to have forgotten, and the books from which it had taken it were not at hand, I could readily find and produce it.”- Att [...]

    2. This has to be one of the most entertaining Roman books; of course, it is more interesting for those who care about the Latin language since many of Gellius's "notes" involve grammatical or etymological points. But even if your interests lie elsewhere, this book provides insight into so many aspects of Roman imperial folklore and intellectual life, not to mention quips by Hannibal, Roman table manners, and men befriended by lions.This translation is old, and poorly edited, but it is true to the [...]

    3. Not everybody will love it, but I did. It's like a scrapbook, only of literary and grammatical anecdotes and pieces of interest, largely of Latin grammar and usage. Around the fascinations of Gellius, are strewn the fascinations of historians and lovers of things Roman and Greek.

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