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Aelian

(ē`lēən), fl. 2d cent. A.D., Greek rhetorician, b. Praenesta; his original name was Claudius Aelianus. He taught rhetoric in Rome c.220. His works, all in Greek, include Historical Miscellanies, stories of supernatural occurrences throughout history; and On the Characteristics of Animals. Both of these are largely extant. He also wrote Peasant Letters, 20 fictitious letters from farmers from Attica.
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29, Aelian, Alciphron's Letters, and Aristainetos' allusions to Aristophanes' Clouds in Letters 2.
The name means Aelian Bridge, with Aelian being the family name of the Emperor Hadrian.
FOBES, The Letters of Alciphron, Aelian and Philostratus, Cambridge [Mass.
15) "Should you this year set eyes on a male Hyena," writes the Roman naturalist Aelian, "next year you will see the same creature as a female; conversely, if you see a female now, next time you will see a male.
Roman writers of natural history works, such as Aelian and Pliny, who followed Aristotle, were compilers of available information.
By the first century CE, the seraglio motif had embedded itself so firmly in the popular imagination that biographers and historians like Plutarch and, later, Aelian were using the stereotypical image of the seraglio as factual content in the composition of their Eastern histories.
Other artists were said to have gone one further: Pliny, for example, is one of several Roman imperial authors to tell how Myrmecides and Callicrates created miniature sculptures that could be 'concealed by the wings of a fly'; according to Plutarch and Aelian, writing soon after Pliny, the same duo were also said to have miniaturised the Iliad and Odyssey--not this time on a nut-contained parchment, but on a still tinier sesame seed.
30) A First Aelian Cohort of Spaniards, a thousand strong and containing infantry and cavalry, is attested at Netherby north of Hadrian's Wall in the 3rd century where it was commanded by a tribune.
Ora ('care', 'heed') is an entry, which is translated as 'concern' and the term is used as follows in Suda: Aelian writes: "for a man who breaks oaths and has no concern for divine matters, who lives in deceit and falsehood and never says anything healthful and from there gains unspeakable wealth In the entry Psithuristou Hermou kai Erotos kai Aphrodites ('Whispering Hermes and Eros and Aphrodite') this explication was written in Suda: "What Theseus was the first to do, as Zopyros says, since Phaedra, as they say, began to whisper to Theseus against Hippolytos, slandering him.
She is even content with her diet of herbs, unlike many of her literary predecessors, both saints and knights, who live thus either because they are insane or as an act of penance; in this regard, she resembles more the joyful deer-woman Madhavi, or perhaps the deer described by the classical author Aelian, who are frugal in their eating habits and easily contented with what they have before them, disdaining to wander far in search of food.
For--as Aelian says, citing Plato as his authority--any war undertaken for the necessary repulsion of injury, is proclaimed not by a crier nor by a herald but by the voice of Nature herself.
48) A century or two after Chariton Aelian certainly believed that Artapates was a eunuch and explicitly says so when he references what must have been the well-known anecdote of his death (NA 6,25).