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  Harvard University Press: Historical Miscellany by Aelian
Aelian's Historical Miscellany is a pleasurable example of light reading for Romans of the early third century.
Here then are anecdotes about the famous Greek philosophers, poets, historians, and playwrights; myths instructively retold; moralizing tales about heroes and rulers, athletes and wise men; reports about food and drink, different styles in dress, lovers, gift giving, entertainments, religious beliefs, and death customs; and comments on Greek painting.
Underlying it all are Aelian's Stoic ideals as well as this Roman's great admiration for the culture of the Greeks (whose language he borrowed for his writings).
www.hup.harvard.edu /catalog/L486.html   (252 words)

  Claudius Aelianus - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Aelian's anecdotes on animals rarely depend on direct observation: they are almost entirely taken from written sources, often Pliny the Elder, but also other authors and works now lost, to whom he is thus a valuable witness.
Aelian's work is one of the sources of medieval natural history and of the bestiaries of the Middle Ages; in some ways an allegory of the moral world, an Emblem Book.
Aelian gives an account of fly fishing, using lures of red wool and feathers, of lacquerwork, serpent worship — Essentially the Various History is a Classical "magazine" in the original senses of that word.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Claudius_Aelianus   (858 words)

 Aelian (Aelianus Tacticus) - LoveToKnow 1911   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-08-23)
Aelian's military treatise, T a crucii Oewpia, is dedicated to Hadrian, though this is probably a mistake for Trajan, and the date A.D. 106 has been assigned to it.
Critics of the ISth century - Guichard Folard and the prince de Ligne - were unanimous in thinking Aelian greatly inferior to Arrian, but both on his immediate successors, the Byzantines, and on the Arabs, who translated the text for their own use, Aelian exercised a great influence.
The Macedonian phalanx of Aelian had many points of resemblance to the solid masses of pikemen and the "squadrons" of cavalry of the Spanish and Dutch systems, and the translations made in the 16th century formed the groundwork of numerous books on drill and tactics.
www.1911ency.org /A/AE/AELIAN_AELIANUS_TACTICUS_.htm   (612 words)

The primary purpose of this paper, “Epicurean Case-Studies in Aelian's Fragments,” is to illustrate Aelian's attitudes toward Epicureanism and the methods he uses to denigrate the philosophy and those who practice it.
The fragments of Aelian's Divine Manifestations and Divine Providence provide vivid descriptions of individuals, or caricatures, who incur divine displeasure and are afflicted with physical ailments because of their adherence to Epicurean philosophy.
Aelian's attitude toward Epicureanism is based on the prevalent but false accusation that Epicureans are atheists and, while his hostility is not unique, the physical ailments he describes which afflict Epicureans are unattested elsewhere.
www.apaclassics.org /AnnualMeeting/03mtg/abstracts/FITZGIBBON.html   (345 words)

 Fly Fishing History, Aelian - MidCurrent
Aelian said, "I have heard of a Macedonian way of catching fish, and it is this: between Berœa and Thessalonica runs a river called the Astræus, and in it there are fish with speckled skins; what the natives of the country call them you had better ask the Macedonians.
This past summer, under the influence of Aelian and his heirs, these lessons have soaked in all over again, and I find myself eyeing each rock and pool from a different angle than I did before.
These days the mood among the European fly-fishing historians is that the sport most likely found its way to England from these older angling communities, and I enjoy the reversal of stature that such a scenario delivers to Hills's snooty view of himself as the heir of a purely British invention.
www.midcurrent.com /articles/history/schullery_aelianlives.aspx   (2246 words)

 The "Shamir" and Other Legends of Ancient Animal Medicine
Aelian tells us, for example, that both the seal and the gecko were jealous creatures who refused to share their medicine with mankind::
Aelian, however, creates a more complex myth, combining the motif of the beaver "ransoming" its life with the motif of the "jealous animal hiding its medicine" as we saw earlier in the stories of the peacock, the stag, the gecko and the other animals that refuse to share their secrets with mankind:
Although Aelian's account of the woodpecker has less narrative detail, it is based on the same motif:  if you trap the chicks of the woodpecker inside their nest with a stone, the woodpecker knows where to find an herb that has the ability to move that stone.
cla.calpoly.edu /~jlynch/Gibbs.html   (4683 words)

 Aelianus Tacticus - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Aelian (Aelianus Tacticus) was a Greek military writer of the 2nd century, resident at Rome.
Aelian's military treatise, Taktike Theoria, is dedicated to Hadrian, though this is probably a mistake for Trajan, and the date 106 has been assigned to it.
Critics of the 18th century — Guichard Folard and the Prince de Ligne — were unanimous in thinking Aelian greatly inferior to Arrian, but both on his immediate successors, the Byzantines, and later on the Arabs, (who translated the text for their own use), Aelian exercised a great influence.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Aelianus_Tacticus   (403 words)

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Aelian on the Erythræan Ox (II:20) (1219 bytes)
Aelian on the Lavinian Serpent (XI:16) (1989 bytes)
Aelian on the Sacred Serpent (XI:17) (1710 bytes)
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 [EMLS 1.3 (December 1995): 5.1-12] Milton and the Sexy Seals: A Peephole into the Horton Years
It is curious, therefore, to read in Aelian about a female seal who became enamoured of a sponge-diver.
Aelian's point is that although this diver was the ugliest of all sponge-divers the seal did not think so.
The pleasant outcome of this idle musing is that the seal in the story behaves according to human nature after all.
www.humanities.ualberta.ca /emls/01-3/halemilt.html   (1230 words)

 Unicorns in India
Five hundred years later, Pliny (23-79ce) and Aelian (170-235ce) site seven species of unicorn: the rhinoceros, the Indian ass, the oryx, the Indian ox, the Indian horse, the bison, and the unicorn proper.
Aelian wrote three passages about the unicorn, much of which echo the statements of Ctesias.
The horn is one of the notable inconsistencies with the rhinoceros as it has a smooth horn; the description of the horn would seem to be that of an antelope.
www.whiterosesgarden.com /Unicorns/UNI_world_myths/UNI_india.htm   (1130 words)

 Lore of the Unicorn: Chapter V. The Treasure of His Brow
Before the sixteenth century there was general agreement among the learned that the true horn was fl, as Aelian had said, but after a long period of vacillation the opinion that it was white or of the colour of old ivory definitely triumphed.
It is possible that Aelian meant to describe them in his phrase xxxxxx xxx Kai xxxx xxxxx for the word xxxxx may mean either "rings" or "spirals".
According to Aelian, as the erudite were sure to know, the unicorn's horn was properly used only in the form of a drinking-vessel.
www.sacred-texts.com /etc/lou/lou07.htm   (15426 words)

 Labyrinth Books
Aelian's On the Characteristics of Animals, in 17 books, is a collection of facts and beliefs concerning the habits of animals drawn from Greek authors and some personal observation.
Some of Aelian's material is drawn from authors whose works are lost.
Aelian's Letters-portraying the affairs and country ways of a series of fictitious writers-offer engaging vignettes of rural life.
www.labyrinthbooks.com /all_detail.aspx?isbn=0674994949   (209 words)

 Fly Fishing History: Ælian
But, Ælian makes it clear that the fishermen didn't use this fly to fish with, so the description of the Hippouros is interesting but nothing to do with the fly pattern he describes.
Now though the fishermen know this, they do not use these flies at all for bait for fish; for if a man's hand touch them, they lose their natural colour, their wings wither, and they become unfit food for the fish.
If we do think it is a Hippouros imitation, then we have to square the difficult circle of reconciling a pattern with a red body with a natural fly which had a yellow body.
www.flyfishinghistory.com /aelian.htm   (1238 words)

 Bryn Mawr Classical Review 95.09.06
The excisions are all justified (half of them are doublets of other fragments of Aelian, the other half belong either certainly or very probably to other authors); of the additions, only the new fr.
One could go on like this, but the picture should be clear by now: Apart from general defects in the presentation of the fragments, annoying instances of carelessness come to light when one looks at the fragments in detail; being careful is indeed not one of D.'s strong sides.
In short, the disappointing conclusion must be, that at least for Aelian's fragments the work has to be done all over again.
ccat.sas.upenn.edu /bmcr/1995/95.09.06.html   (1986 words)

 "John Baptist Porta - "Natural Magick" - Volumn XV
Aelian says, that in the Grecian Gulf, the sharp sighted Cupito is, but I have seen them taken in the Adriatic Sea by the fury of love.
Aelian says, that Boars eating this herb, fall sick of a lingering disease, and are troubled.
Aelian writes, that they give the Elephant that must go to war, Wine of the Grape, and made Wine of Rice, to make them bold.
homepages.tscnet.com /omard1/jportac15.html   (5076 words)

 Project South Asia
Aelian has taken his description of the animal from Ktesias, as have also Aristotle (Hist.
The Indians cannot easily capture a full-grown elephant, for they will neither attempt this, nor are elephants of such an age permitted to be caught.
Describes an insect of the size of a beetle and of red colour, which is found on the trees which produce amber, and which subsists on their fruit.
www.mssu.edu /projectsouthasia/history/primarydocs/Foreign_Views/GreekRoman/Aelian.htm   (4374 words)

 Max NELSON Beer and Elephants: On Some Unnoticed Fragments from a Los   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-08-23)
Since the Indians purportedly did not have barley beer, this is probably a reference to a practice involving African elephants (Ethiopian beer is mentioned by Strabo [17.2.2] and references to beer are found in two Nubian inscriptions from the fourth or fifth centuries A.D. 200 and Add(1)]).
Finally, Aelian (De natura animalium 13.8) and Manuel Philes (De elephante 145-151) both say that rice beer, among other intoxicants, is used on elephants (presumably Indian elephants) in battle.
A more probable source for the six passages is Ctesias's Indica, which is known to have dealt with alcoholic drinks (see FGrH 688F50 on the impossibility of the Indian King becoming drunk) as well as elephants (see H. Scullard, The Elephant in the Greek and Roman World [New York 1974] 33-36).
www.apaclassics.org /AnnualMeeting/02mtg/abstracts/NELSON.html   (478 words)

 Cynosarges [Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy]
A wrestling school is attested for Cynosarges (Aelian, Varia Historia 8.14.3 and Diogenes Laertius 6.30.8).
It is debatable whether Antisthenes taught Diogenes of Sinope or not, but Diogenes is said to have taught and lived in the area of Cynosarges (Diogenes Laertius, 6.13, 6.30.8; Aelian, Varia Historia 8.14.3).
Because Cynicism was more a way of life than a formal study of philosophy, no organized school seems to have developed in Cynosarges, which is absent in the lists of philosophical schools that were a part of the regular curriculum of young men during the Hellenistic and Roman periods.
www.iep.utm.edu /c/cynosarg.htm   (1354 words)

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