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(Φυσιολόγος/Physiológos). The short Greek work Physiologus is the earliest and most important typological explanation of nature that interprets numerous animals, several plants and stones typologically with respect to God, Christ, the devil, baptism, resurrection etc. The transmission of the Greek text is complicated and varied [5. XII-XXIX]. The original text of the first edition probably had 48 chapters; their sequence was more or less unsystematic and cumulative. Almost without excep…

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Alpers, Klaus (Lüneburg), “Physiologus”, 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 February 2024 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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