Juventi'nus A'lbius Ovi'diusthe name attached to thirty-five distichs entitled Elegia de Philomela, containing a collection of those words which are supposed to express appropriately the sound uttered by birds, quadrupeds, and other animals. Take as a specimen, “Mus avidus mintrit, velox mustecula drindit,
Et grillus grillat, desticat inde sorex.
” The age of the author is quite unknown, but from the last couplet in the piece it would appear that he was a Christian. Bernhardy has endeavoured to prove from Spartianus (Grundriss der Röm. Litt. p. 135), that this and other trifles of a similar description were composed by the contemporaries of the emperor Geta, the son of Septimius Severus and the brother of Caracalla. (Burman. Anthol. Lat. 5.143, or n. 233, ed. Meyer; Wernsdorf, Poet. Lat. Minores, vol. vii. p. 178. and p. 279.) [W.R]