Aelianus, Claudius (Aelian)
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b. ca. AD 165/ 170 in Praeneste near Rome;

d. ca. AD 225/ 235;

Roman ‘Buntschriftsteller’ who wrote in Greek.


With On the Nature of Animals, the excerpts from his Historical Miscellany, and the Letters, the majority of Aelian’s works are well known. Additional works are documented only in meagre fragments.


The manuscripts of On the Nature of Animals can be divided int…

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Landfester, Manfred, “Aelianus, Claudius (Aelian)”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 2 : Dictionary of Greek and Latin Authors and Texts, Edited by: Manfred Landfester, in collaboration with Brigitte Egger. Consulted online on 22 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: 9789004167834, 20090831

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