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Paradoxography
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[German Version]

(a post-classical coinage) is a genre of classical texts that recount wonders (Gk ϑαύματα/tháumata; Lat. mirabilia) from the realm of nature and from history – extraordinary phenomena that are incredible and contrary to all expectations (Paradox). Paradoxography is a subdivision of natural history (naturalis historia) and historiography. Its materials are considered empirical and historical; though unusual and hidden on the fringes of the known world, they are not myths from antiquity. In the Parallela minora of Pseudo-Plutarch, for example, “paradoxica…

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Cancik, Hubert, “Paradoxography”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 20 October 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_124267>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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