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Aelian active 3rd century

Works: 425 works in 1,543 publications in 9 languages and 7,606 library holdings
Genres: Anecdotes  History  Terminology  Sources 
Roles: Author, Other, Performer
Classifications: PA3821, 886.2
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Historical miscellany by Aelian( Book )

365 editions published between 1533 and 2015 in 10 languages and held by 1,478 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)
On the characteristics of animals by Aelian( Book )

54 editions published between 1958 and 2015 in 5 languages and held by 1,124 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
Claudii Aeliani De natura animalium libri XVII, Varia historia, Epistolae fragmenta, ex recognitione Rudolphi Hercheri by Aelian( Book )

118 editions published between 1744 and 2009 in 7 languages and held by 473 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
Claudii Aeliani Varia historia by Aelian( Book )

58 editions published between 1668 and 2004 in 8 languages and held by 379 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Epistulae et fragmenta by Aelian( Book )

25 editions published between 1974 and 1994 in 6 languages and held by 249 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

46 editions published between 1946 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 160 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
{Aelian's} on the nature of animals by Aelian( Book )

4 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 118 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 rusticae by Aelian( Book )

16 editions published in 1974 in 4 languages and held by 110 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Histoire variée by Aelian( Book )

5 editions published between 1991 and 2004 in French and held by 104 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Claudius Aelianus Werke by Claudius Aelianus( Book )

8 editions published between 1839 and 1842 in German and held by 103 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On the characteristics of animals by Aelian( Book )

12 editions published between 1959 and 1972 in 3 languages and held by 82 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

La personnalité des animaux by Aelian( Book )

3 editions published in 2001 in French and held by 57 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

La personnalité des animaux by Aelian( Book )

6 editions published in 2002 in French and held by 52 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
Die tanzenden Pferde von Sybaris : Tiergeschichten by Aelian( Book )

13 editions published between 1978 and 1985 in German and held by 49 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

17 editions published between 1611 and 1616 in 3 languages and held by 47 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Historia de los animales by Aelian( Book )

13 editions published between 1984 and 2002 in Spanish and held by 43 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

25 editions published between 1562 and 1974 in 3 languages and held by 37 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Claudii Aeliani De natura animalium libri XVII by Aelian( Book )

16 editions published between 1784 and 1866 in 5 languages and held by 37 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Aeliani De Natura animalium, Varia historia, Epistolae et fragmenta : Porphyrii Philosophii de abstinentia et de antro nympharum ; Philonis Byzantii De septem orbis spectaculis by Aelian( Book )

15 editions published in 1858 in Latin and Greek, Ancient and held by 37 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, asi 175-235

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?

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Ailianos 170-240

Ailianos 170-240 Romaios

Ailianos 170-240 Sophist

Ailianos, Kl.

Ailinos 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

Ailianos Sophist 170-240

Ailianos, Taktikos.

Ailianus 170-240

lian 170-240

Claudi Eli

Claudio 170-240 Eliano

Claudio Eliano

Claudio Eliano 170-240

Claudio Eliano 3rd cent

Claudius 170-240 Aelianus

Claudius Aelianus.

Claudius Aelianus 0170?-0235?

Claudius Aelianus 170-240

Claudius Aelianus Author and teacher

Claudius Aelianus pisarz rzymski

Claudius Aelianus rmischer Sophist und Lehrer der Rhetorik

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

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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

lien, Claude 0170?-0235?

Elien, Claude 170-240

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Elien le sophiste

lien le Sophiste auteur latin

Elijan, Klaudije

Klaudije, Elijan

Klaudios Ailianos 170-240

Tacticus, Aelianus.

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Αἰλιανός, Κλαύδιος

Αἰλιανὸς, Κλαύδιος 0170?-0235?

Αἰλιανός, Κλαύδιος 3rd cent

Αἰλιανός, Κλαύδιος active 3rd century

Κλαύδιος Αἰλιανός


Клавдий Элиан древнеримский писатель и философ

Клавдиј Елијан

Клаудије Елијан

קלאודיוס איליאנוס סופר רומי

آلیان نویسنده و فیلسوف در روم باستان

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On the characteristics of animalsClaudii Aeliani De natura animalium libri XVII, Varia historia, Epistolae fragmenta, ex recognitione Rudolphi HercheriThe letters of Alciphron, Aelian and Philostratus{Aelian's} on the nature of animalsOn the characteristics of animals