Palaephatus on ὀνόµατα, λόγοι, and ἔργα

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Palaephatus on ὀνόµατα, λόγοι, and ἔργα

in Mnemosyne


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As Brodersen 200547 observes Palaephatus is especially concerned with the minor characters of Greek mythology.


Santoni 1998-1999 13-14; 200024followed by Hawes 2014 42.


Stern 199617 calls the assumption a “serious and insidious falsehood” and “a fundamental repudiation of human imagination”; cf. Hawes 2014 42 who approvingly cites Stern’s condemnation of this “restrictive simplistic conception of the origins of myths”; Santoni 1998-1999 14 n. 26.


Nesselrath 2006151 observes that the personification of Leisure Mythology and the Inquiry into Αncient Τhings suggests that these are gods who after a long absence return to mankind. The relation between leisure and intellectual activities that Plato here introduces is taken up by Aristotle in Metaph. 981b17-25.


Long 1992; cf. Boys-Stones 200154-59 for critical acceptance of Long’s characterization of the Stoic mythologist Cornutus as an etymologist rather than an allegorist.

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