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Claudius Aelianus

Aelian (Claudius Aelianus), born at Praeneste, was a Roman author and teacher of rhetoric who flourished under Septimius Severus and probably outlived Elagabalus (d. 222). He spoke Greek so perfectly that he was called "honey-tongued" (meliglossos); although he was a Roman, he preferred Greek authors, and wrote in Greek himself.

His chief works are:

Both works are valuable for the numerous excerpts from older writers. Considerable fragments of two other works, On Providence and Divine Manifestations, are preserved in Suidas; twenty Peasants' Letters, after the manner of Alciphron but inferior, are also attributed to him.


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