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Phlegon of Tralles' Book of marvels

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Phlegon of Tralles' Book of marvels
Title
Phlegon of Tralles' Book of marvels
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Language
eng
Summary
  • This is the first translation into English of the Book of marvels, and the volume also contains an Introduction covering Phlegon's life and his writings, and the rise and nature of paradoxography as a literary genre; commentary on the texts; as well as translations of fragments of two other works: Olympiads, containing an account of the founding of the Olympic Games, and Long-lived persons, quoting from Roman census documents
  • The Book of marvels, a compilation of marvellous events of a grotesque, bizarre or sensational nature, was composed in the second century A.D. by Phlegon of Tralles, a Greek freedman of the Roman emperor Hadrian. This remarkable text is the earliest surviving work of pure sensationalism in Western literature; it belongs to the genre of literature known as paradoxography, or "the recording of marvels." Not only was it mined by later writers on wonders as well as by writers of books on ghosts and demonology, but it also inspired Goethe's well-known vampire ballad, The Bride of Corinth, a translation of which is included in this book. The Book is arranged thematically: Ghosts; Sex-Changers and Hermaphrodites; Finds of Giant Bones; Monstrous Births; Births from Males; Amazing Multiple Births; Abnormally Rapid Development of Human Beings; Discoveries of Live Centaurs. It contains the only surviving extracts from the "Sibylline Books", the Roman state's collection of prophecies
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UkLiU
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Phlegon
Index
no index present
LC call number
AG243
LC item number
.P47 1996
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1941-
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  • Hansen, William F.
  • Phlegon
  • Phlegon
Series statement
Exeter studies in history
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  • Curiosities and wonders
  • Phlegon
  • Phlegon
  • Phlegon
Label
Phlegon of Tralles' Book of marvels
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages ix-16) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Part I: Texts. Book of marvels ; Long-lived persons ; Olympiads -- Part II: Commentaries. Book of marvels ; Long-lived persons ; Olympiads -- Appendixes. Proklos : persons who died and returned to life ; Goethe : The bride of Corinth, trans. Breon Mitchell ; Philostratos : Achilleus' Ghost and the Trojan maiden
Dimensions
21 cm.
Extent
xvi, 215 pages
Isbn
9780859894258
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Label
Phlegon of Tralles' Book of marvels
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages ix-16) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Part I: Texts. Book of marvels ; Long-lived persons ; Olympiads -- Part II: Commentaries. Book of marvels ; Long-lived persons ; Olympiads -- Appendixes. Proklos : persons who died and returned to life ; Goethe : The bride of Corinth, trans. Breon Mitchell ; Philostratos : Achilleus' Ghost and the Trojan maiden
Dimensions
21 cm.
Extent
xvi, 215 pages
Isbn
9780859894258
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n

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