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  • D. Scott VanHorn
    The 3rd edition of the Oxford Classical Dictionary has four entries for individuals named Hyginus: 1) Gaius Julius Hyginus- a freedman (of either Spoanish or
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      The 3rd edition of the Oxford Classical Dictionary has
      four entries for individuals named Hyginus:
      1) Gaius Julius Hyginus- a freedman (of either
      Spoanish or Alexandrine origin) of Augustus, a friend
      of Ovid, and the author of several treatises: On
      Agriculture which may have included On Bees, cited by
      Columella; a commentary on Vergil, cited by Aulus
      Gellius and Servius; On Trojan Families, On the Origin
      and Site of Italian Cities; On the Life and Histories
      of Illustrious Men; Examples; On the Qualities of the
      Gods; and On the Di Penates (the Household Gods)

      2) Hyginus (circa 100 AD)-Wrote on the establishment
      of boundaries, categories of land, including their
      designation on maps, and land disputes. He also
      mentions a no-longer extant collection of imperial
      rescripts on land-holding.

      3) Hyginus-Author of Genealogies, a mythology
      handbook, compiled perhaps in the second century AD,
      and drawn from Greek sources. Most likely a school
      text. In the sixteenth century, Micyllus, the editor
      of the editio princeps, changed its title to Fabulae.
      He also possibly wrote a manual on Greek astronomy.

      4) Hyginus Gromaticus-Mistakenly supposed author of On
      Camp Fortifications (another sixteenth century title).
      Originally may date to Time of Trajan (98-117) or as
      late as the third century. The work discusses the
      siting of military camps, the internal measurement of
      same for a hypothetical army, and the establishment of
      fortifications.

      Scott VanHorn

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