Phaedrus (Gaius Iulius Phaedrus), Fabulae Aesopiae
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A. Life and work

Nothing is known for certain about the life of P. [33.429]. Although the incipits and excipits of the MSS call him Augusti libertus, i.e. a freedman of Augustus (possibly meaning Tiberius) [17.310], all other information must be reconstructed from his own work. It is not impossible that his biography was fictionalized here, and there are even some internal textual references that hint as much [1.320]. Nonetheless…

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Stoffel, Christian, “Phaedrus (Gaius Iulius Phaedrus), Fabulae Aesopiae”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 5 : The Reception of Classical Literature, English edition by Matthijs H. Wibier (2012). Original German-language edition: Die Rezeption der antiken Literatur. Herausgegeben von Christine Walde in Verbindung mit Brigitte Egger. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 1. Staffel, herausgegeben von Hubert Cancik, Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, Band 7. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2010). Consulted online on 21 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: 9789004218932, 20101111

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