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(first half of the 1st cent. ce), Roman fabulist. Phaedrus was born in Macedonia (Book III, prologue), freed by Augustus, and persecuted by Sejanus. He made the fable (Gk λόγος/lógos, μῦϑος/mýthos, Lat. fabula, fabella) into an independent literary form. He wrote his (short) stories (not only about animals) in iambic trimeters, and collected them into five books, each with a prologue, and Books II-IV with an epilogue. Phaedrus’s fables (and the slightly later Gk fables of Babrios) are examples of popular wisdom l…

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Cancik-Lindemaier, Hildegard, “Phaedrus”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 27 May 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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