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(τραγέλαφος/tragélaphos). A chimaera, with its origin in the imagination of Oriental artists, of a goat (trágos) and a deer (élaphos; Pl. Resp. 6,488a; Aristoph. Ran. 937), which was evidently also used by the Greeks as an ornamental motif (e.g. on the hearse of Alexander [4]  the Great: Diod. Sic. 18,26; cf. Plut. Agesilaus 19). People believed in its reality only after Aristotle (Diod. Sic. 2,51,2, including other dímorpha zṓia, 'bi-formed beings'). Pliny's (HN 8,120) description of the tragelaphos is similar to that of Aristotle's ἱππέλαφος/hippélaphos (litera…

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W.RI., “Tragelaphos”, 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 14 November 2019 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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