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Gaius Julius Hyginus (ca. 64 BC – AD 17) was a Latin author, though whether a native of Spain or of Alexandria it is not clear, a pupil of the famous Cornelius Alexander Polyhistor, and a freedman of Caesar Augustus, by whom he was made superintendent of the Palatine library. He is best-known as the author of Fabulae


Under the name of Latin author Hyginus (ca. 64 BCE - 17 C.E.) there are extant what are probably two sets of school notes abbreviating his treatises on mythology; one is a collection of Fabulae ("stories"), the other a "Poetical Astronomy".

Among Hyginus' sources are the scholia on Apollonius of Rhodes' Argonautica, which were dated to about the time of Tiberius by Apollonius' editor R. Merkel, in the preface to his edition of Apollonius (Leipzig, 1854).

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