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Palaephatus
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(Παλαίφατος/Palaíphatos, 'the one who tells old stories'). Passed down to us under this pseudonym was the collection Περὶ ἀπίστων/Perì apístōn (On Incredible Things) containing 52 short chapters about the same number of myths. The Suda records under P. four people with this name. The first is an epic poet from Athens, author of a cosmogony; the second comes, according to Suda, from Paros or Priene (Πριηνεύς/Priēneús probably incorrect instead of Παριανεύς/Parianeús, i.e. 'from Parion': the encyclopaedia therefore fluctuates perhaps between the island…

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Fornaro, Sotera (Sassari), “Palaephatus”, 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 20 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e904140>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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