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Aesop Romance
(634 words)

[German version]

The Aesop Romance (AR) which in Cod. G (11th cent. AD) bears the title ‘Book of the philosopher Xanthus and his slave Aesopus’, has been transmitted to us in two pre-Byzantine versions G and W, as well as in a Byzantine version Pl (edited by Maximos Planudes). The five extant papyrus texts from the period between the 2nd and 7th cents. AD confirm that the AR did in fact contain obscene episodes that had been censored in G, Pl and some codices of the W group, and they demonstrate t…

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Luzzatto, Maria Jagoda (Florence), “Aesop Romance”, 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 27 June 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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