De Incredibilibus Graece. Quartum ed., teritium rec. indicemque verborum Graecorum adiecit Ioh. Frid. Fischerus (Johann Friedrich Fischer).
Price: $250.00 USD
Place Published: Lipsiae (Leipzig)
Publisher: Ioh. Frid. Langenhemii
Date Published: 1777.
Book Id: 308470
Fourth edition, third revision. Octavo, bound in quarter calf with patterned blue boards. [viii, 38, . Preface in Latin, text in Greek, Index in Greek and Latin. Covers rubbed with wear to corners, back chipped with slight loss. Boards splitting at joints but holding, remnants of ancient paper tape across spine. Decorated title page with engraved vignette, stamp on verso. Old ink notations and signature inside cover and front endpaper. Hinges tender, text block holding, pages crisp, lightly age toned. Quite a decent copy.
¶ Palaephatus (Greek: ?a?a?fat??), late 4th Century. De Incredibilibus Graece (?e?? ?p?st?? - On Incredible Tales) is a rationalizing text on Greek mythology, a work of paradoxography. It survives in a (probably corrupt) Byzantine edition. The work consists of an introduction and 52 brief sections on various Greek myths. The first 45 have a common format: a brief statement of a wonder tale from Greek mythology, usually followed by a claim of disbelief ("This is absurd" or "This is not likely" or "The true version is..."), and then a sequence of every-day occurrences which gave rise to the wonder-story through misunderstanding. The last seven are equally brief retellings of myth, without any rationalizing explanation. Palaephatus' date and name are uncertain; many scholars have concluded that Palaephatus is a pseudonym; the evidence, such as it is, is all of it consistent with the late fourth century BC.
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