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Aelian active 3rd century

Works: 423 works in 1,704 publications in 9 languages and 9,409 library holdings
Genres: Anecdotes  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Terminology  History  Sources  Miscellanea 
Roles: Author, Other, Performer
Classifications: PA3821, 886.2
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Historical miscellany by Claudius Aelianus( Book )

646 editions published between 1542 and 2015 in 10 languages and held by 3,081 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Aelian's Historical Miscellany is a pleasurable example of light reading for Romans of the early third century. Offering engaging anecdotes about historical figures, retellings of legendary events, and descriptive pieces - in sum: amusement, information, and variety - Aelian's collection of nuggets and narratives could be enjoyed by a wide reading public. A rather similar book had been published in Latin in the previous century by Aulus Gellius; Aelian is a late, perhaps the last, representative of what had been a very popular genre
On the characteristics of animals by Aelian( Book )

46 editions published between 1958 and 1971 in 5 languages and held by 1,206 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

AELIAN (Claudius Aelianus), a Roman born c. A.D. 170 at Praeneste (where he held a religious office), was a pupil of the rhetorician Pausanias of Caesarea, and taught and practised rhetoric. Expert in good Attic Greek, he became a serious scholar and studied history under the patronage of the Roman Empress Julia Domna. He apparently spent all his life in Italy where he died after A.D. 230. In three volumes we present his On the Characteristics of Animals, in 17 books, which is a mixed collection of facts and beliefs concerning the habits of animals taken from Greek authors with some personal observation, and having as their chief object entertainment. Fact, fancy, legend, stories and gossip all play their part in a narrative which has, of set purpose, no arrangement. If there is any ethical motive, it is that the virtues of untaught yet reasoning animals can be a lesson to thoughtless and selfish mankind. Aelian's philosophy is an easy stoicism. Another surviving work is 'Varied History' in 14 books, consisting mainly of historical, biographical, and antiquarian anecdotes and short narratives, many of them taken from authors whose works are lost. Here also Aelian follows no scheme of arrangement. We have also fragments of a work on 'Providence' and one on 'Divine Manifestations' and these also were apparently collections of stories. Some Letters, by fictitious persons, on husbandry and other country matters survive -- these are rhetorical
Epistulae et fragmenta by Aelian( Book )

29 editions published between 1974 and 2000 in 7 languages and held by 315 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Æliani De historia animalium libri XVII quos ex integro ac veteri exemplari Graeco, Petrus Gillius vertit by Aelian( Book )

56 editions published between 1548 and 1990 in 3 languages and held by 166 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The letters of Alciphron, Aelian and Philostratus by Alciphron( Book )

39 editions published between 1759 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 150 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The fictitious, highly literary Letters of Alciphron (second century CE) are mostly to invented characters. Letters of Farmers by Aelian (c. 170-235 CE) portray the country ways of their imagined writers. The Erotic Epistles of Philostratus (perhaps born c. 170 CE) resemble and may have been influenced by those of Alciphron
Ex Aeliani Historia by Aelian( Book )

67 editions published between 1533 and 1966 in 3 languages and held by 145 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Various histories by Aelian( Book )

6 editions published in 1670 in English and held by 130 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Histoire variée by Aelian( Book )

5 editions published in 1991 in French and held by 107 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

De varia historia libri XIIII by Aelian( Book )

64 editions published between 1548 and 1602 in 3 languages and held by 98 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Excerptorum Constantini De natura animalium libri duo : Aristophanis Historiae animalium epitome : subiunctis Aeliani, Timothei aliorumque eclogis by Constantine( Book )

9 editions published between 1885 and 1961 in 4 languages and held by 76 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On the characteristics of animals by Aelian( Book )

5 editions published between 1959 and 1972 in English and Greek, Modern and held by 59 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

La personnalité des animaux by Élien le sophiste( Book )

7 editions published in 2002 in French and held by 53 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

La seule oeuvre restée intacte du rhéteur de Préneste, sophiste réputé. Elle rassemble des informations et des anecdotes sur la faune grecque, africaine et asiatique en y apportant des notions d'éthologie et de psychologie animales
Histoires diverses d'Elien, by Aelian( Book )

22 editions published between 1722 and 1827 in 4 languages and held by 48 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Werke by Aelian( Book )

11 editions published between 1839 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 35 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Claudius Aelianus Werke by Élien le sophiste( Book )

1 edition published in 1839 in German and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jac. Perizonii responsio ad nuperam notitiam de variis Aeliani, aliorumque auctorum, locis by Jacobus Perizonius( Book )

1 edition published in 1703 in Undetermined and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

De fontibus quibus Aelianus in varia historia componenda usus sit by Felix Rudolph( Book )

1 edition published in 1884 in Undetermined and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

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Alternative Names


Aelian 0170?-0235?

Aelian 170-240

Aelian 3rd cent

Aelian ca.175-ca.235

Aelian, Claudius

Aelian, Claudius 170-240

Aelian, Claudius 3rd cent

Aelian, Claudius active 3rd century

Aelian, Claudius c. 175-c. 235

Aelian, Claudius ca 170-ca 235


Aelianus, .. 170-240

Aelianus 170-240 Praenestinus

Aelianus 170-240 Sophista

Aelianus 170-240 Sophistes

Aelianus ca.175-ca.235

Aelianus, Cl.

Aelianus, Claudius

Aelianus Claudius 0170?-0235?

Aelianus, Claudius 170-240 Praenestinus

Aelianus, Claudius 170-240 Sophista

Aelianus, Claudius 3rd cent

Aelianus, Claudius active 3rd century

Aelianus Claudius ca 175-235

Aelianus, Claudius Praenestinus

Aelianus, Claudius Praenestinus 170-240

Aelianus, Claudius Sophista 170-240

Aelianus Praenestinus 170-240

Aelianus Sophista 170-240

Aelianus sophistes 0170?-0235?

Aelianus Sophistes 170-240

Ailianos 170-240

Ailianos 170-240 Romaios

Ailianos 170-240 Sophist

Ailianos, Kl.

Ailiános Klaudios

A̓ilianòs, Klaúdios 0170?-0235?

Ailianos, Klaudios 170-240

Ailianos, Klaudios 3rd cent

Ailianos, Klaudios active 3rd century

Ailianos Klaudios c. 175-c. 235

Ailianos, Klaudios ca 170-ca 235

Ailianos, Klaudios ca.175-ca.235

Ailianos Romaios 170-240

Ailianos Sophist 170-240

Ailianus 170-240

Älian 170-240

Claude Élien auteur et orateur latin

Claudi Elià

Claudio 170-240 Eliano

Claudio Eliano

Claudio Eliano 170-240

Claudio Eliano 3rd cent

Claudio Eliano filosofo e scrittore romano in lingua greca

Claudius 170-240 Aelianus

Claudius Aelianus

Claudius Aelianus 0170?-0235?

Claudius Aelianus 170-240

Claudius Aelianus Author and teacher

Claudius Aelianus filosoof uit Oude Rome (200-235)

Claudius Aelianus pisarz rzymski

Claudius Aelianus römischer Sophist und Lehrer der Rhetorik

Claudius Aelianus Soph.

Claudius Aeliianus

Claudius Ailianos 2. Jh.


Elian, Klaudiusz

Ėlian, Klavdiĭ

Ėlian, Klavdiĭ 3rd cent

Ėlian, Klavdiĭ active 3rd century


Eliano 170-240

Eliano 3rd cent

Eliano active 3rd century

Eliano, Claudio

Eliano, Claudio 170-240

Eliano, Claudio 3rd cent

Eliano, Claudio active 3rd century

Eliano, Claudio c. 175-c. 235

Eliano, Claudio ca 170-ca 235

Eliano, Claudio ca.175-ca.235


Élien 170-240

Elien 3rd cent

Elien active 3rd century

Elien ca.175-ca.235

Élien, Claude

Élien, Claude 0170?-0235?

Elien, Claude 170-240

Élien de Préneste

Elien le sophiste

Élien le Sophiste auteur latin

Elijan, Klaudije

Klaudije, Elijan

Klaudios Ailianos 170-240

z Praeneste, Claudius Aelianus ca 175-235

Αἰλιανός, Κλαύδιος

Αἰλιανὸς, Κλαύδιος 0170?-0235?

Αἰλιανός, Κλαύδιος 3rd cent

Αἰλιανός, Κλαύδιος active 3rd century

Κλαύδιος Αἰλιανός

Κλαύδιος Αιλιανός συγγραφέας και διδάσκαλος ρητορικής


Клавдий Элиан древнеримский писатель и философ

Клавдиј Елијан

Клаудије Елијан

קלאודיוס איליאנוס סופר רומי

آلیان نویسنده و فیلسوف در روم باستان

ক্লাউদিয়ুস আইলিয়ানুস

ელიანუს, კლავდიუს.


アイリアノス, クラウディオス


On the characteristics of animalsThe letters of Alciphron, Aelian and PhilostratusOn the characteristics of animalsHistorical miscellany