Aelianus Tacticus
(350 words)

2nd cent. AD;

Greek military writer.


The Taktiká, preserved under the name of Aelianus, are a textbook addressed to the Emperor Trajan.


The work exists in two recensions; one Arabic translation is based on a text from the 9th/10th cent. Details in: Alphonse Dain, Histoire du texte d’Élien le Tacticien des origines à la fin du moyen âge, Paris 1946.


The ed. princ. appeared more than 50 years after the first Latin translation.


Cite this page
Landfester, Manfred, “Aelianus Tacticus”, 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 17 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: 9789004167834, 20090831

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