The mythographer Fulgentius (c. 480 – half of the 6th c. AD) is credited with writing the Mythologiarum libri, the Virgiliana continentia, the Expositio sermonum antiquorum, and the De Aetatibus mundi et hominis; although the allegorical pamphlet Super Thebaiden is attributed to him, it is undoubtedly spurious (Manca 2002).
We may deduce that Fulgentius was of African origin from linguistic elements and suggestions within his works, as well as his name and dedicatees. Although he never states his profession explicitly, his corpus suggests that he was a Grammaticus - and perhaps also an advocate - who lived in Vandal Africa between the 5th and 6th c. AD (Manca 2015).
The name Fulgentius was also held by a bishop of Ruspe, and the two homonymous individuals have often been identified with one another (on this interpretation, the mythographer’s literary output is considered a product of his youth). Today, however, the unitarian hypothesis is rapidly losing favor (Isola): radical stylistic differences can be identified between the authors and one may observe inconsistencies between the biography of the bishop of Ruspe and what can be determined about the mythographer (e.g. the one was famous for knowing Greek, while the mythographer’s grasp of that language is quite basic). Fulgentius enjoyed great popularity in the Middle Ages as a vehicle of Greek culture, which was then inaccessible in its original language. [M. Manca; tr. C. L. Caterine].