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Aelian active 3rd century

Works: 768 works in 2,022 publications in 9 languages and 8,089 library holdings
Genres: History  Terminology  Sources 
Roles: Author, Other
Classifications: PA3821, 590
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On the characteristics of animals by Aelian( Book )

51 editions published between 1958 and 2007 in 5 languages and held by 1,125 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 )

50 editions published between 1548 and 2007 in 6 languages and held by 815 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Here then are anecdotes about the famous Greek philosophers, poets, historians, and playwrights; myths instructively retold; moralizing tales about heroes and rulers, athletes and wise men; reports about styles in dress, foods and drink, lovers, gift-giving practices, entertainments, religious beliefs and death customs; and comments on Greek painting. Some of the information is not preserved in any other source. Underlying it all are Aelian's Stoic ideals as well as this Roman's great admiration for the culture of the Greeks (whose language he borrowed for his writings)
{Aelian's} on the nature of animals by Aelian( )

5 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 637 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
Epistulae et fragmenta by Aelian( Book )

26 editions published between 1974 and 1994 in 6 languages and held by 506 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Claudii Aeliani Varia historia by Aelian( Book )

52 editions published between 1794 and 2004 in 8 languages and held by 372 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An English translation of Claudius Aelianus' Varia historia by Aelian( Book )

58 editions published between 1550 and 2012 in 10 languages and held by 200 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

28 editions published between 1784 and 1971 in 6 languages and held by 199 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

De natura animalium by Aelian( Book )

9 editions published between 1774 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 164 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"More than 140 years have gone by since R. Hercher's 1864 Teubner edition, a book with serious editorial shortcomings which have been often underlined in recent publications. This new text offers an accurate and new critical edition as a result of an extensive and detailed work undertook by a team of scholars of the University of Oviedo (Spain), under the direction of the Professor Manuela García Valdés. The text has been established on the basis of a complete collation of all the most significant manuscripts of Aelians' textual tradition. This is the first edition with an accurate and scientific critical apparatus by applying the scope of textual criticism and ecdotics. The edition also takes into account the literary koiné of II-III centuries AD and the authors' own style. This edition offers to all scholars a reliable text as a starting point for future research on Aelians' Language and Stoic thought. It will be also useful for studies on zoology, on animals' habits and behaviour, medieval bestiaries, and on the concepts of Science and Technique in Late Antiquity. Confronted with his wealth of materials, the author writes each chapter as a finished unit, as a short story. He uses a wide variety of both literary and linguistic expedients, resorting to formal and content resources."--Publisher's website
Claudius Aelianus Werke by Aelian( Book )

19 editions published between 1839 and 1842 in German and held by 118 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

31 editions published between 1946 and 2006 in 4 languages and held by 103 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The letters of ALCIPHRON (second century A.D.), a contemporary of Lucian, constitute one of the most attractive products of the Second Sophistic. They are fictitious compositions based on an astonishingly wide variety of circumstances, though the theme of erotic love is constantly sounded. But the imagination shown by the author and his convincing realism win him a place of distinction in the early development of romantic prose. The letters, which are highly literary, owing much to the New Comedy of Menander, purport to give us a sketch of the social life of Athens in the fourth century B.C. The collection is arranged in four divisions: Letters of Fishermen; Farmers; Parasites; Courtesans. Senders and addressees are mostly invented characters, but in the last section Alciphron presents us with several attempts at historical fiction, the most engaging being an exchange of letters between Menander and Glycera. This volume also includes twenty Letters of Farmers ascribed to AELIAN (c.A.D. 170-235) and a collection of seventy-three Erotic Epistles of PHILOSTRATUS (probably Flavius of that name, also born c.A.D. 170). In style and subject-matter these resemble those of Alciphron, by whom they may have been influenced, but they hardly excel them
Histoire variée by Aelian( Book )

4 editions published between 1991 and 2004 in French and held by 103 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ex Aeliani Historia by Aelian( Book )

33 editions published between 1533 and 1966 in 3 languages and held by 77 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On the characteristics of animals by Aelian( Book )

11 editions published between 1959 and 1972 in English and Greek, Modern and held by 77 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Aeliani variae historiae libri XIIII : rerum publicarum descriptiones ex Heraclide by Aelian( Book )

56 editions published between 1545 and 1960 in 6 languages and held by 76 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Aeliani Variae historiae libri xiiii. Rerumpublicarum descriptiones ex Heraclide by Aelian( Book )

37 editions published between 1600 and 1635 in 4 languages and held by 64 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

21 editions published between 1611 and 1616 in 3 languages and held by 63 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

11 editions published between 1958 and 1971 in 3 languages and held by 59 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Aelian 0170?-0235?

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

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Ailianos 170-240

Ailianos 170-240 Romaios

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Ailianos, Kl.

Ailianos, Klaudios.

A̓ilians, Kladios 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

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Ailianus 170-240

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Claudi Eli

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Claudius 170-240 Aelianus

Claudius Aelianus.

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Claudius Aelianus Soph.

Claudius Aeliianus

Claudius Ailianos 2. Jh.


Elian, Klaudiusz.

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


lien 170-240

Elien 3rd cent

Elien active 3rd century

Elien ca.175-ca.235

lien, Claude 0170?-0235?

Elien, Claude 170-240

lien de Prneste 0170?-0235?

Elien le sophiste

Elijan, Klaudije

Klaudije, Elijan

Klaudios Ailianos 170-240

z Praeneste, Claudius Aelianus ca 175-235

Αἰλιανός, Κλαύδιος

Αἰλιανὸς, Κλαύδιος 0170?-0235?

Αἰλιανός, Κλαύδιος active 3rd century

Κλαύδιος Αἰλιανός

Historical miscellany{Aelian's} on the nature of animalsAn English translation of Claudius Aelianus' Varia historiaDe natura animaliumThe letters of Alciphron, Aelian and PhilostratusOn the characteristics of animalsOn the characteristics of animals : in three volumes