Censorinus


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Censorinus

(sĕnsōrī`nəs), fl. c.238, Roman grammarian. He wrote De die natali [on the day of birth], an essay partly astrological, partly chronological, which affords much information on ancient methods of computing time.
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Taking into account, however, that its most pointed self-definition as a libellus non tam diserte quam fideliter scriptus is found--of all places--in the biography of the fictitious emperor Censorinus, (81) the Historia Augusta exposes its own disingenuousness, colluding with the sophisticated reader that it wants to be seen primarily as a literary work with historical contents.