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Aelian active 3rd century

Works: 705 works in 1,904 publications in 9 languages and 9,866 library holdings
Genres: Anecdotes  History  Sources 
Roles: Author, Other, Singer, Performer
Classifications: PA3821, 886.2
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On the characteristics of animals by Aelian( Book )

30 editions published between 1958 and 1971 in 4 languages and held by 1,171 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
Historical miscellany by Aelian( Book )

56 editions published between 1545 and 2015 in 7 languages and held by 840 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
Claudius Ælianus his various history by Aelian( Book )

183 editions published between 1548 and 2012 in 10 languages and held by 727 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

De natura animalium by Aelian( Book )

44 editions published between 1744 and 2011 in 5 languages and held by 309 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Selections from Aelian's De Natura Animalium, translated and edited by Gregory McNamee, are a mostly randomly ordered collection of stories that constitute an early encyclopedia of animal behavior, affording insight into what ancient Romans knew about and thought about animals--and, of particular interest to modern scholars, about animal minds"--Provided by publisher
Claudii Aeliani Varia historia by Aelian( Book )

31 editions published between 1667 and 1981 in 7 languages and held by 308 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Epistulae et fragmenta by Aelian( Book )

20 editions published between 1974 and 1994 in 6 languages and held by 220 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Claudii Aeliani De natura animalium libri XVII, Varia historia, Epistolae fragmenta, ex recognitione Rudolphi Hercheri by Aelian( Book )

in Greek, Modern and Greek, Ancient and held by 127 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Epistulae rusticae by Aelian( Book )

17 editions published between 1974 and 2000 in 5 languages and held by 115 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Histoire variée by Aelian( Book )

6 editions published between 1991 and 2004 in French and held by 110 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

30 editions published between 1562 and 1974 in 3 languages and held by 105 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

28 editions published between 1759 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 101 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
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 3 languages and held by 91 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Claudius Aelianus Werke by Aelian( Book )

10 editions published between 1839 and 1842 in German and held by 90 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On the characteristics of animals by Aelian( Book )

15 editions published between 1959 and 1972 in 3 languages and held by 87 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Aeliani Varia historia, Heraclidis Pontici et Nicolai Damasceni quae supersunt. Ad optimorum librorum fidem accurata edita by Aelian( Book )

36 editions published between 1819 and 1886 in 4 languages and held by 75 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On the characteristics of animals : in three volumes by Aelian( Book )

16 editions published between 1959 and 1971 in 4 languages and held by 74 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Klaudiou Ailianou Peri zōōn idiotētos biblia iz = Claudii Aeliani De animalium natura libri XVII by Aelian( Book )

27 editions published between 1611 and 1866 in 4 languages and held by 71 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Aeliani De natura animalium, varia historia, epistolae et fragmenta. Porphyrii philosophi de abstinenta et de antro nympharum. Philonis Byzantii de septem orbis spectaculis by Aelian( Book )

13 editions published in 1858 in Latin and Greek, Ancient and held by 61 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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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 professeur de rhétorique, historien et philosophe auteur et orateur latin de langue grecques

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


Historical miscellanyClaudius Ælianus his various historyDe natura animaliumThe letters of Alciphron, Aelian and PhilostratusOn the characteristics of animalsOn the characteristics of animals : in three volumesHistorical miscellany