Gaius Julius Solinus , Latin grammarian and compiler, probably flourished in the early 3rd century AD. Historical scholar Theodor Mommsen dates him to the middle of the 3rd century. He was the author of De mirabilibus mundi 'The wonders of the world' which circulated both under the title Collectanea rerum memorabilium 'Collection of Curiosities' , and Polyhistor ;  but the latter title was favoured by the author. The work is indeed a description of curiosities in a chorographical framework. Adventus, to whom it is dedicated, is identified with Oclatinius Adventus, consul It contains a short description of the ancient world, with remarks on historical, social, religious and natural history questions.
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Sale Price realised GBP 91, De mirabilibus mundi. Venice: Nicolaus Jenson, Type: R. First text leaf illuminated by a contemporary artist in the Veneto with 7-line initial in purple-pink, blue and green with lighter penwork decoration, and two-sided border of flowers, leaves and gold discs and concentric penwork tendrils, 2-line initials alternating in red and blue over printed guide-letters.
Solinus' compilation on the wonders of the world enjoyed wide circulation throughout the middle ages. Citations from it by authors such as Augustine, Isidore, and Bede attest to its influence from an early date, and the large number of surviving manuscripts from the 9th century and later , according to Mommsen, cf. Reynolds, Texts and Transmission attest to its continued popularity. Arranged geographically, it derives largely from Pliny's natural history and Mela's geography.
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Polyhistor, sive De mirabilibus mundi.
De Mirabilibus Mundi : The Chronicon of Julius Solinus