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date: 08 December 2022



  • Alun Hudson-Williams
  •  and V. Nutton


Censorinus (3rd cent. ce), a Roman grammarian (Prisc. 1. 4. 17), wrote On Accents (De accentibus, lost), and ‘a fine volume, on Birthdays’ (De die natali volumen illustre) (Sid. Apoll. Carm. 14 pref. 3), dedicated to Q. Caerellius on his *birthday in ce 238, which is preserved. The first part deals with human life, particularly its origins, the second with time and its divisions. The work is derived from different sources, above all Varro, and also Suetonius (‘On the Roman year’/De anno Romanorum), and is valuable for its mainly competent transmission of these. It is accompanied in the MSS by an anonymous and noteworthy collection of articles on various topics, e.g. the universe, geometry, metre (our earliest source for Roman metre, see metre, latin), and *music, known (since L. Carrio's edition, Paris, 1583) as fragmentum Censorini. See also scholarship, ancient, roman.


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