Arusianus Messius

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Arusianus Messius was a late ancient Roman grammarian who lived in the 4th century AD.

He probably came from an elevated background and wrote a work called Exempla elocutionum (Style Examples), which was dedicated to the consuls of 395, Flavius ​​Anicius Hermogenianus Olybrius and Flavius ​​Anicius Probinus . The script, which had long been ascribed to Marcus Cornelius Fronto , probably served as an aid for teaching rhetoric and was also used by Cassiodorus . It is of some importance as it contains numerous alphabetically ordered quotations, including some from the Histories of Sallust , of which only fragments have survived.


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