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Flavius Sosipater Charisius

Flavius Sosipater Charisius (fl. 4th century) was a Latin grammarian.

He was probably an African by birth, summoned to Constantinople to take the place of Euanthius, a learned commentator on Terence. The Ars Grammatica of Charisius, in five books, addressed to his son (not a Roman, as the preface shows), has come down to us in a mutilated condition, the beginning of the first, part of the fourth, and the greater part of the fifth book having been lost. The work, which is merely a compilation, is valuable as containing excerpts from the earlier writers on grammar, who are in many cases mentioned by name: Remmius Palaemon, Julius Romanus, Cominianus.

The edition of H. Keil, in Grammatici Latini, i. (1857), has been superseded by that of K. Barwick (1925).


  • article by G. Gotz in Pauly-Wissowa, iii. 2 (1899)
  • Teuffel-Schwabe, History of Roman Literature (Engl. trans), 4I9, I. 2
  • Frohde, in Jahr. f. Philol., 18 Suppl. (1892), 567-672


External links

  • Corpus Grammaticorum Latinorum: complete texts and full bibliography
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