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Boethius, Anicius Manlius Severinus, c. 480–c. 524 CE  

Samuel James Beeching Barnish

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Dec 2015
The Ostrogothic king *Theoderic (1) appointed this leading nobleman consul (510), and *magister officiorum (?522). He resisted official oppression, was implicated in a senatorial conspiracy, ... More

Cassiodorus, Roman magistrate, author of political and religious works, c. 485–c. 580 CE  

M. Shane Bjornlie

Cassiodorus was a prominent participant in the political, intellectual, and religious life of 6th-century ce Italy, and a learned scholar of the classical and Christian traditions. As a ... More

Diomedes (3), grammarian, late 4th or early 5th cent. CE  

John F. Moreland

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Mar 2016
Grammarian, who wrote an Ars grammatica in three books (ed. Keil, Gramm. Lat. 1. 299–529). His work is of value because, though he rarely mentions his sources, he clearly relied upon earlier ... More

Dracontius, Blossius Aemilius  

Alun Hudson-Williams and Frederick James Edward Raby

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Dec 2015
Blossius Aemilius Dracontius, a Christian, a lawyer and vir clarissimus (Roman of senatorial rank), well trained in rhetoric, lived in *Carthage towards the end of the 5th cent. ce. For ... More

Felix, Flavius, Latin poet  

Antony Spawforth

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Dec 2015

Felix, Flavius, Latin poet of senatorial rank. His verses, often unclassical in quantity, include a poem on baths built by Thrasamond, *Vandal king in Africa ( 496–523ce).

Gildas  

Antony Spawforth

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Dec 2015
British author of The Ruin and Conquest of Britain (De excidio et conquestu Britanniae), a moralizing work attacking the local leaders held responsible for *Britain's troubles following the Roman ... More

Iulius Valerius Alexander Polemius  

Stephen J. Harrison

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Mar 2016
Iulius Valerius Alexander Polemius, author in the mid-4th cent. ce of an extant Latin version of the Greek Alexander Romance of *Pseudo-Callisthenes. Its style shows some colourful and ... More

Luxorius, of Carthage  

J. H. D. Scourfield

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Mar 2016
Luxorius or Luxurius, author of some 90 short poems, in various metres and on various subjects, which afford an insight into the Vandal society of North Africa in which they were written. His ... More

Martianus Minneus Felix Capella  

Danuta Shanzer

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Mar 2016
Composed in Vandalic *Carthage (see Vandals), probably in the last quarter of the 5th cent. ce, a prosimetrical Latin encyclopaedia of the seven Liberal Arts (grammar, dialectic, rhetoric—the ... More

Palladius (1), Rutilius Taurus Aemilianus  

M. Stephen Spurr

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Mar 2016
Palladius (1), Rutilius Taurus Aemilianus, author of the only surviving agricultural treatise from late antiquity (c. mid-5th cent. ce: the date is disputed) in 15 books: book 1 contains ... More

Pentadius, 3rd or 4th cent. CE  

J. H. D. Scourfield

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Mar 2016
Pentadius (3rd or 4th cent. ce), author of elegiac poems in ‘echoic’ or ‘serpentine’ verse (where the opening words of each hexameter are repeated as the second half of the following ... More

Phocas, grammarian, 5th cent. CE  

John F. Moreland and R. H. Robins

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Mar 2016
Author of an Ars de nomine et verbo (ed. Keil, Gramm. Lat. 5. 410–39) and a Vita Vergilii in hexameters (often published, e.g. in Baehrens, PLM 5. 85). A De aspiratione attributed to him ... More

Pompeius, African grammarian, late 5th–early 6th cent. CE  

R. A. Kaster

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Mar 2016

Pompeius (late 5th–early 6th cent. ce), African grammarian, commented on *Donatus (1)'s ars (GL 5. 95–312), perhaps also on *Virgil and *Terence (very uncertain).

Priscian, 5th–6th cent. CE  

R. H. Robins

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Dec 2015
Priscian was the most prolific and important member of the late Latin grammarians. His grammatical works have been edited by Heinrich Keil (Grammatici Latini 2, 3), and they amount to over ... More

Proba, Faltonia Betitia  

Sigrid Schottenius Cullhed

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Mar 2016
Faltonia Betitia Proba (fl. late 4th century) was a Roman poet, writer of a Christian cento (Lat. for patchwork), which circulated in the Eastern and Western Empire toward the end of the ... More

Prudentius Clemens, Aurelius, 348–after 405 CE  

Cillian O'Hogan

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Mar 2016
Aurelius Prudentius Clemens was a Christian Latin poet who wrote in a variety of genres and metres. Born in northern Spain, in 348ce, he had a career in public administration before ... More

Rufinus (3), grammarian, 5th century CE  

Rolando Ferri

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Mar 2016
Rufinus is known only for a work transmitted by the manuscripts as A commentary on the metres of Terence (Commentarium in metra Terentiana), which includes a section clearly taken from a different ... More

Vegetius Renatus  

Michael B. Charles

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Mar 2016
Vegetius Renatus was a Latin author writing in the Late Empire. He wrote the Epitoma rei militaris, which deals with ways to improve Rome’s flagging military prowess—including revival of ... More

Vibius Sequester  

David Paniagua

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Apr 2019
Vibius Sequester is the author of the De fluminibus, fontibus, lacubus, nemoribus, paludibus, montibus, gentibus per litteras, a short repertoire of geographical names mentioned by Virgil, ... More

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