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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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Aelianus Tacticus was a Greek military writer of the second century AD, author of the military treatise On Tactical Arrays of the Greeks.
In 2001, Berriman & Todd proposed a radical interpretation of the insurrection, which holds that Casperius Aelianus was Trajan's agent.
2) The thesis of Schwarte presented the idea that Cornelius Nigrinus, the possible governor of Syria at this time, was the senator and rival of Trajan behind Casperius Aelianus.
Casperius Aelianus was an agent of Trajan, and performed the task of negotiating with Nerva to force his adoption.
T]his attack upon Socrates was contrived by Anytus and Melitus as a prelude to their criminal accusation of him: this Aelianus expressly asserts, adding that the faction were afraid of his popularity, and therefore set Aristophanes upon him to feel the pulse of the people before they ventured to their public charge against him.
The Accusers (# 15 in the series), which takes place back in Rome, pits Falco and Helena's two brothers, Aelianus and Justinus, against corrupt lawyers.
Not mentioned in the accounts by Herodotus, Plutarch, and Aelianus, the source of Justinus's story of Semiramis's attempted incest is unclear.
46 See Herodotus, 168-69; Plutarch, "Mulierum Virtutes," 3: 476-77, "Regum et Imperatorum Apophthegmata," 3:14-15, and "Amatorius," 9:332-35; and Aelianus, 204-07.
These beginnings of modern warfare were heavily indebted to a reading of such classical authors as Julius Frontinus and Claudius Aelianus, and to a retrieval of the Greek and Roman strategy and tactics which rang the death knell for the radically different methods of the medieval world.
Castration of camels was known to the Romans, Aelianus stating that castrated specimens, larger and more robust, are recommended if the animals are used in strenuous activities (Piehler 1976).
Plautius Silvanus Aelianus, the Moesian governor, launched a major expedition across the Danube at some point 62-66, in the crisis involving Transdanuvians, Bastarnae, Rhoxolani, Dacians and probably the Sarmatian Aorsi.
The usual characters aid him--his wife, the patrician Helena Justina; his overbearing mother; his antique-dealing, much despised father: his best friend Petronius Longus, an honest, hard-drinking cop; his favorite sister, Maia, a widow whose alcoholic husband has been eaten by a lion in the arena (for the gory details, read Two for the Lions); Aelianus, a feckless brother-in-law; and Anacrites, an old enemy and the Emperor's Chief Spy.