Filocalus, Furius Dionysius
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[German version]

Roman calligrapher of the 4th cent. AD who possibly created the monumental upper-case letter alphabet of the late Latin inscriptions [2; 3]. His earliest attested work is the  Chronographer of 354 [4]. Later he wrote the inscriptions of the  Epigrammata Damasiana; to Pope  Damasus' epitaph for the martyr Eusebius, F. added his name, describing himself as cultor and amator (admirer and personal friend) of this pope. Therefore F. was probably an esteemed if not aristocratic Christian. It seems likely that he should be identified with the F…

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Salzman, Michele Renée (Riverside), “Filocalus, Furius Dionysius”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 22 October 2018 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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