Aemilius Asper

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Aemilius Asper, Latin grammarian, possibly lived in the 1st century AD or late 2nd century AD.


Aemilius Asper wrote commentaries on Terence, Sallust and Virgil dealing with content and form, and including parallels with other authors. Numerous fragments of the commentary on Virgil show that as both critic and commentator he possessed good judgment and taste. They are printed in Keil, Probi in Vergilii Bucolica Commentarius (1848); see also Suringar, Historia Critica Scholiastarum Latinum (1834); Grafenhan, Geschichte der klassischen Philologie im Alterthum, iv (1843-1850).[1]

Two short grammatical treatises, extant under the name of Asper, and of very little value, have nothing to do with the commentator, but belong to a much later date; the time of Priscian (6th century). Both are printed in Keil, Grammatici Latini. See also Schanz, Geschichte der romischen Litteratur, sect. 598.[1]

Aelius Donatus is thought to have borrowed freely from Asper.[2]


  1. ^ a b Chisholm, p. 767.
  2. ^ Thomsin 1952, p. [page needed].


  • Thomsin, Alfred (1952). Étude sur le commentaire virgilien d'Aemilius Asper. Bibliothèque de la Faculté de philosophie et lettres de l'Université de Liège. 

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