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sular dignity. (Suidas, s. v.; Tzetzes.' Chil. viii. 696.) "He was a friend of Philostratus ( Vit. Soph. ii. 33. § 4), who praises the strength and fidelity . of his memory, but is afraid to say more for fear of being suspected of flattery or partiality. We still possess two rhetorical works of Apsines : 1. Tlepl t&v //,epcui> tov TroAiTi/cou Xo'yov Te'x^, which was first printed by Aldus in his Rhetores Graeci (pp. 682—726), under the incorrect title rex^n faTo-.piKrj irepl TrpooijiuW, as it is called by the Scholiast on Hermogenes (p. 14, but see p. 297). This work, however, is only a part of a greater work, rand is so much interpolated that it is scarcely pos­sible to form a correct notion of it. In some of .the interpolated parts Apsines himself is quoted. A considerable portion of it was discovered by Rhunken to belong to a work of Longinus on

-rhetoric, which is now lost, and this portion has

•consequently been omitted in the new edition of Walz in his Rhetores Graeci. (ix. p. 465, &c.; .coinp. Westermann, Gesch. d. Griech, Beredtsamk. § 98, n. 6.) 2. Tlepl T(av su-ffiiLwriff^kvuv frpo-€\r)/j.dTow, is of little importance and very short. Jt is printed in Aldus' Rhetor. Graec. pp. 727-730, . and in Walz. Rhetor. Graec. ix. p. 534, &c. [L.S.]

APSYRTUS or ABSYRTUS ("A^upros), one of the principal veterinary surgeons of whom any remains are still extant, was born, according to Suidas (s. v.) and Eudocia ( Violar. ap. Villoison, Anccd. Graeca,) vol. i. p. 65), at Prusa or Nico~ media in Bithynia. He is said to have served under Constantine in his campaign on the Danube, which is generally supposed to mean that under Constantine the Great, a. d. 322, but some refer it to that under Constantine IV. (or Pogonatus], A. d. 671. His remains are to be found in the " Veterinariae Medicinae Libri Duo," first pub­ lished in Latin by J. Ruellius, Paris, 1530, fol., and afterwards in Greek by S. Grynaeus, Basil. 1537, 4to. Sprengel published a little work en­ titled " Programma de Apsyrto Bithynio," Halae, 1832, 4to. [W. A. G.j

APTEROS fAirrepos), "the wingless," a sur­ name under which Nice (the goddess of victory) had a sanctuary at. Athens. This goddess was usually represented with wings, and their absence in this instance was intended to signify that Vic­ tory would or could never fly away from Athens. The same idea was expressed at Sparta by a statue of Ares with his feet chained. (Paus. i. 22. § 4, iii. 15. § 5.) [L. S.]

APULEIUS. [appuleius.] . APU'STIA GENS, had the cognomen fullo. The Apustii who bear no cognomen are spoken of under apustius. The first member of this gens who obtained the consulship, was L. Apustius Fullo, b. c. 226.

APUSTIUS. 1. L. apustius, the comman­der of the Roman troops at Tarentum, b. c. 215. (Liv. xxiii. 38.)

2. L. apustius, legate of the consul P. Sul-picius in Macedonia, b. c. 200, was an active officer in the war against Philip. He was after­wards a legate of the consul L. Cornelius Scipio, b. c, 190, and was killed in the same year in an engagement in Lycia. (Liv. xxxi. 27, xxxvii. 4, 16.)

3. P. apustius, one of the ambassadors sent to the younger Ptolemy, b. c. 161. (Polyb. xxxii.

I-) A'QUILA ('A/cvAas), the translator of the Old


Testament into Greek, was a native of Pontus, Epiphanes (De Pond, et Mens. 15) states, that he was a relation of the emperor Hadrian, who em­ployed him in the rebuilding of Jerusalem (Aelia Capitolina) ; that he was converted to Christianity, but excommunicated for practising the heathen astrology; and that he then went over to the Jews, and was circumcised; but this account is probably founded only on vague rumours. All that we know with certainty is, that having been a heathen he became a Jewish proselyte, and that he lived in the reign of Hadrian, probably about 130 A. D. (Iren. iii. 24; Euseb. Praep. Evan. vii. 1 ; Hieron. Ep. ad Pammach. vol. iv. pt. 2, p. 255, Mart.)

He translated the Old Testament from Hebrew into Greek, with the purpose of furnishing the Jews who spoke Greek with a version better fitted than the Septuagint to sustain them in their op­position to Christianity. «He did not, however, as some have supposed, falsify or pervert the sense of the original, but he translated every word, even the titles, such as Messiah, with the most literal accuracy. This principle was carried to the utmost extent in a second edition, which was named /car* aKpi€'. The version was very popular with the jcavs, in whose synagogues it was read. (Novell. 146.) It was generally disliked by the Christians ; but Jerome, though sometimes showing this feel­ing, at other times speaks most highly of Aquila and his version. (Quaest. 2, adDamas. iii. p. 35 ; Epist. ad MarcelL iii, p, 96, ii, p, 312; Quaest. Heb. in Genes, iii. p. 216 ; Comment, in Jes. c. 8; Comment. Hos. c. 2.) The version is also praised by Origen. (Comment, in Joh* viii. p. 131; Respons. ad African, p. 224.)

Only a few fragments remain, which have been published in the editions of the Hexapla [Om-GENEs],andinDathe'sO/>wscw£a,Lips. 1746. [P.S.]

AQUILA, JU'LIUS, a Roman knight, sta­tioned with a few cohorts, in a. d. 50, to protect Cot}rs, king of the Bosporus, who had received the sovereignty after the expulsion of Mithridates. In the same year, Aquila obtained the praetorian insignia. (Tac. Ann. xii. 15? 21.)

AQUILA, JU'LIUS (GALLUS?), a Roman jurist, from whose liber responsorum two fragments concerning tutores are preserved in the Digest. Ir the Florentine Index he is named Gallus Aquila probably from an error of the scribe in reading Ta\\ov for lovXiov. This has occasioned Juliui Aquila to be confounded with Aquillius Gallus His date is uncertain, though he probably livec under or before the reign of Septimius Severus a. d. 193-8; for in Dig. 26. tit. 7, s. 34 he give an opinion upon a question which seems to hav been first settled by Severus. (Dig. 27. tit. 3. s. 1 § 3.) By most of the historians of Roman law h is referred to a later period. He may possibly b the same person with Lucius Julius Aquila, wh wrote de Etrusca discipline*,, or with that Aquil who, under Septimius Severus, was praefect ( Egypt, and became remarkable by his persecution < the Christians. (Majansius, Comm. ad 30 Jurisco', Fragm. vol. ii. p. 28§ ; Otto, in Praef. Thes. vc i. p. 13; Zimmern, Rom. Rechts-Geschichte, vol. § 103.) [J. T. G.]

AQUILA, L. PO'NTIUS, tribune of the pleb probably in b. c. 45, was the only member of tl college that did not rise to Caesar as he passed I the tribunes' seats in his triumph. (Suet. Jul. Cat

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