Lastly, he established a scientific system of lexicography and drew up lists of the " best authors."
Ahrens; and lexicography by F.
Verrius Flaccus in the Augustan age, had busied themselves with lexicography and etymology.
- As supplemental to the account of poetry may be mentioned here some of the chief collections of ancient verse, sometimes made for the sake of the poems themselves, sometimes to give a locus classicus for usages of grammar or lexicography, sometimes to illustrate ancient manners and customs. The earliest of these is the Mo'allakat.
To perform their task adequately required from the critics a wide circle of knowledge; and from this requirement sprang the sciences of grammar, prosody, lexicography, mythology and archaeology.