Babrius
(486 words)

[German version]

Author of a collection of mostly Aesopian fables using a special kind of choliamb, which he himself called mythiambos (prologos 2,7-8). The name B. is Italic [1. VII]. In 57,1, the author proclaims to know Arabs well, and in prologos 2,1, he states (as the only Greek) that the fable originated in Mesopotamia. His style [4] and particularly his special way of forming verses [6] make it obvious that B. wrote no earlier than in the 2nd cent. AD. The assumption that the actual addressee of the work, who in the text is poet…

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Luzzatto, Maria Jagoda (Florence), “Babrius”, 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 22 November 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e210950>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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