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Nonius Marcellus

A Latin grammarian, born at Thubursicum Numidarum in Africa (C. I. L. viii. 4878), who composed, in the beginning of the fourth century A.D., a manual of miscellaneous information on points of lexicography, grammar, and antiquities, bearing the title of De Compendiosa Doctrina. It consisted originally of twenty books, of which the sixteenth is lost. It is evidently founded on the works of earlier scholars, and in some parts exhibits verbal coincidences with Aulus Gellius. Though not showing the least genius or critical acumen, the work is of considerable importance, owing to its numerous quotations from lost authors, especially of the archaic period. The chief editions are those of Mercier (Paris, 1583; reprinted, Leipzig, 1825); Quicherat (Paris, 1871); and L. Müller (Leipzig, 1888). See Nettleship's Lectures and Essays, pp. 277-331 (London, 1885).

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