ASPER, AEMILIUS, Latin grammarian, possibly lived in the
2nd centuryA.D. He wrote commentaries on Terence, Sallust
and Virgil. Numerous fragments of the last show that as both
critic and commentator he possessed good judgment and taste.
They are printed in Keil, Probi in Vergilii Bucolica Commentarius
(1848); see also Suringar, Historia Critica Scholiastarum Latinorum
(1834); Gräfenhan, Geschichte der klassischen Philologie im
Alterthum. iv. (1843-1850). Two short grammatical treatises,
extant under the name of Asper, and of very little value, have
nothing to do with the commentator, but belong to a much
later date—the time of Priscian (6th century). Both are
printed in Keil, Grammatici Latini. See also Schanz, Geschichte
der römischen Litteratur, § 598.
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