Aelius Festus Aphthonius

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Aelius Festus Aphthonius was a Latin grammarian of the 4th or 5th century, possibly of African origin, and considered to be one of the most important classical rhetoricians.[1]

He wrote a metrical handbook De Metris, in four books, which was added to the Ars Grammatica of Gaius Marius Victorinus[2] sometime before 400, but not by Victorinus himself.

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  • Keil, Grammatici Latini, vi
  • Schultz, Quibus Auctoribus Aelius Festus Aphthonius usus sit (1885)
  1. ^ Brill's New Pauly online: Aphthonius, Ἀφθόνιος; rhetorician of the 4th and 5th century A.D., from Antioch; student of Libanius; his speeches are lost, but 40 fables including some adapted from Babrius survive, as well as Progymnasmata
  2. ^ Wikisource-logo.svg Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Aphthonius, Aelius Festus". Encyclopædia Britannica. 2 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 168. 

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