Juventinus Albius Ovidius

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Juventinus Albius Ovidius was the name of the author of thirty-five distichs titled Elegia de Philomela, containing a collection of those words which are supposed to express appropriately the sounds uttered by birds, quadrupeds, and other animals.[1] For example:

The age in which the author lived is quite unknown, but from the last couplet in the piece it would appear that he was a Christian. German philologist Gottfried Bernhardy attempted to prove from Spartianus that this and other trifles of a similar description were composed by the contemporaries of the emperor Geta, the son of Septimius Severus and the brother of Caracalla.[2][3][4]


  1. ^ Ramsay, William (1867), "Juventinus Albius Ovidius", in Smith, William, Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology, 2, Boston: Little, Brown and Company, p. 691 
  2. ^ Gottfried Bernhardy, Grundriss der Röm. Litt. p. 135.
  3. ^ Pieter Burman the Younger, Anthol. Lat. v. 143, or n. 233, ed. Meyer
  4. ^ Wernsdorf, Poet. Lat. Minores, vol. vii. p. 178 and: p. 279.

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainSmith, William, ed. (1870). "article name needed". Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology.