He was probably an African by birth, summoned to Constantinople to take the place of Euanthius, a learned commentator on Terence. The Ars Grammatica of Charisius, in five books, addressed to his son (not a Roman, as the preface shows), has come down to us in a mutilated condition, the beginning of the first, part of the fourth, and the greater part of the fifth book having been lost. The work, which is merely a compilation, is valuable as containing excerpts from the earlier writers on grammar, who are in many cases mentioned by name: Remmius Palaemon, Julius Romanus, Comminianus.
- article by G. Gotz in Pauly-Wissowa, iii. 2 (1899)
- Teuffel-Schwabe, History of Roman Literature (Engl. trans), 4I9, I. 2
- Frohde, in Jahr. f. Philol., 18 Suppl. (1892), 567-672