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(Symposius). A collection of 100 (perhaps originally 99) Latin riddles, each of 3 hexameters, from Late Antiquity, perhaps originating from the end of the 4th cent. AD, , is recorded under this name in the Codex Salmasianus and in other manuscripts. The preface designates the poems as light-hearted banquet poetry at the Saturnalia . The solution is given in the heading of each one; they are about everyday objects, plants and animals. A number of the riddles found their way into the Historia Apollonii regis Tyrii (chapter 42 f.). The S. became a model for early Med…

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Lausberg, Marion (Augsburg), “Symphosius”, 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 April 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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