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Flavius Sosipater Charisius (fl. 4th century AD) was a Latin grammarian.

He was probably an African by birth, summoned to Constantinople to take the place of Euanthius, a learned commentator on Terence.[1]

Ars Grammatica[edit]

The Ars Grammatica, in five books, is addressed to his son (not a Roman, as the preface shows). The surviving text is incomplete: the beginning of the first, part of the fourth, and the greater part of the fifth book are lost.[1]

The work, which is a compendium, is valuable as it contains excerpts from the earlier writers on grammar, who are in many cases mentioned by name: Remmius Palaemon, Julius Romanus (Gaius Iulius Romanus), Comminianus.[1]

The edition of Heinrich Keil, in Grammatici Latini, i. (1857), has been superseded by that of Karl Barwick (1925).


  1. ^ a b c  One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Charisius, Flavius Sosipater". Encyclopædia Britannica. Vol. 5 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 860.
  • Article by G. Gotz in Pauly-Wissowa, III. 2 (1899)
  • Teuffel, Wilhelm Sigismund and Schwabe, Ludwig von, History of Roman Literature (Engl. trans), Vol. I. 2
  • Frohde, in Jahr. f. Philol., 18 Suppl. (1892), 567–672

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