Among the topics are Diomedes' foot wound and Homeric reception of myth, a diachronic metapoetics of reception: Homeric kleos and Biblical zera, the professional mourner and singer of spells: a diachronic approach to Euripides' Bacchae, splitting the inheritance of spite: Dio and Babrius
on iambic poetics, cultural change and the Greek perception of it: exegi monumentum aere perennius (Horace, Odes 3.
and Phaedrus, xxxiv: West, East Face of Helicon, 502-4.
's retelling at 131, the young man's words, [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII], exactly echo (or even model, if Babrius
uses a traditional diction and scenario) those of the first figure on the vase.
17) This specific fable is not amongst them, though we may suggest that if texts of Babrius
had been available, then Porphyrogenitus, with his wide knowledge of classical literature, had most likely read them.
9,4-5 (elephants), Babrius
80,3-4 (camels), Lucian Pisc.
A wider perspective, suggested by Page in his reference to Babrius
, may advance our argument.
Much of his work has focused on Hellenistic poetry (especially that of Callimachus); he has also written on Babrius
, Gregory of Nazianzus, Ovid, Juvenal, and Colluthus and has investigated linguistic usage, theophany, the relationship of the Cynics to early Christianity, polar bears in antiquity, and E.
Perry points out in the "Introduction" to his edition of Babrius
and Phaedrus, is not the actual Thracian slave manumitted circa the sixth century B.
The sixth century BC date of these instances is, however, debatable not only because of the question surrounding the historicity of Aesop himself, let alone his actual authorship of the fables in question, but because the present text of these and many other fables of the corpus stems from the hand of the otherwise unknown hellenized Roman Valerius Babrius
, who lived and worked in the second century An.
The translation is (slightly adapted) from Babrius
and Phaedrus, ed.
A similar extension of range marks the work of the Hellenized Roman Babrius
, writing in the 2nd century AD.
Areas of inquiry range from the reception of Aesop and Babrius
in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, to the theory of classical architecture in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.