- 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
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