Donatus, Aelius
(1,123 words)

b. ca. AD 310 in Africa (?);

d. ca. AD 380;

eminent Roman grammarian, literary commentator and teacher of rhetoric; in Rome he was the tutor of Hieronymus [8].


His work is only partially preserved. The Ars grammatica, an essential text for the Latin classroom until the Early Modern period, survives intact. His commentary on Terence (Commentum Terenti) is complete except for the part on the Heautontimorumenos. Only a small number of fra…

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Landfester, Manfred, “Donatus, Aelius”, 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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