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Aulus Gellius (Second Century A.D.)

Gellius, Aulus (jel’i-us). A Latin diarist and prose-writer; born in Rome (?), about 130 A.D.; died about 180. Like other rich youths, he studied in the best schools at Rome and finished off at Athens; in Rome he held judicial office for some years. The ‘Attic Nights,’ which he must thank for his fame is based on his diary; and it owes much of its interest to the fact that every modern writer of historical novels dealing with the period from Augustus to Marcus Aurelius is compelled to study its gossipy pages owing to the unrivaled verisimilitude of its pictures. (See Critical and Biographical Introduction).