Donatus, Aelius

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Donatus, Aelius
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Donato, √Člio,
Donat, Aelius
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Stok, F. Prologomeni a una nuova edizione della Vita Vergilii di Svetonio-Donato, 1991
Grant, M. Greek and Latin authors, 1980 (Donatus, Aelius
Latin rhetorician and grammarian, middle 4th cent. A.D.)
Smith's Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology, Vol 1, 1867, p. 1065-1066: "Donatus, Aelius, or, with all of his titles as they are found in MSS, Aelius Donatus Vir Clarus Orator Urbis Romae, was a celebrated grammarian and rhetorician who taught at Rome in the middle of the fourth century, and was the preceptor of Saint Jerome. HIs most famous work was a system of Latin Grammmar...."
Brill's New Pauly: "Aelius D. Latin grammarian 4th cent. AD, Latin grammarian, perhaps born around 310 in Africa, teacher of Hieronymus in Rome. He composed an Ars grammatica (edition: [1
4]) and commented on Virgil and Terence. An introduction in dialogue format preceded the Ars, which was written according to the rules of the art. It is dedicated to the partes orationis, which are introduced in abbreviated form. The work was a synthesis of everything produced so far by grammarians and became one of the fundamental texts of grammatical teaching. It was soon commented upon by Servius and was distributed throughout the Latin world. Between late antiquity and the Middle Ages a division occurred in manuscript transmission between the Ars minor, the introduction, which was used as an elementary grammar, and the Ars maior. The latter was very famous throughout the entire Middle Ages and was commented upon in its entirety by Ercambertus of Freising and Remigius of Auxerre.... The commentary on the works of Virgil, the original version of which is lost, is one of the most important exegetical works of late antiquity. However, it was frequently replaced by Servius' more manageable commentary. Of D.'s original only the dedication letter, Virgil's vita (edition: [2. 1-11]) and two introductions [2. 11-19] are preserved...The commentary on Terence (edition: [3]) is preceded by a vita taken from Suetonius and an introduction to the genre of comedy. However, the commentary on the Heauton Timoroumenos is lost. Eugraphius and the Scholia Bembina, as well as Priscianus and Isidore refer to D.'s text.." Gatti, Paolo (Trient). "Donatus." Brill's New Pauly. Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and Helmuth Schneider . Brill, 2009. Brill Online. Tufts University Library. 25 September 2009
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Works Currently Cataloged

Commentum Terenti
Donati Commentum Adelphorum
Donati Commentum Andria
Donati Commentum Eunuchus
Donati Commentum Hecyra
Donati Commentum Phormio
Vita Terenti