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Apostles, Apocryphal Acts of

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Author(s): Spittler, Janet
The apocryphal acts of the apostles are noncanonical narratives describing the travels and activities of apostles, which generally include the performance of miracles, the promotion of sexual abstinence, conversion of prominent individuals (frequently women), and conflicts with government officials (often related to the conversion of prominent women). These acts end with the death of the apostle, typically by public execution. Five works – the Acts of John, Acts of Andrew, Acts of Peter, Acts of Paul, and Acts of Thomas – are generally referred to as the “major apocryphal …
Date: 2019-08-09

Apollonios, Amazing Stories (1672)

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Author(s): Spittler, Janet
This entry was prepared by Janet Spittler. First published online in April 2016. To be published in print in: Die Fragmente der Griechischen Historiker Continued. Part IV E. Paradoxography and Antiquities. IV 1. Paradoxography, ed. by Stefan Schorn, Leiden, Boston. Introduction/ Biographical Essay On Cod. Pal. gr. 398 Apollonios’ Amazing Stories is extant in only one manuscript, Cod. Pal. gr. 3981, dated to the third quarter of the ninth century and identified as one of 18 manuscripts belonging to the so-called “philosophical collection.”2 These manuscripts, which include the…