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Title: Una versione bizantina e una metafrasi neogreca dello Ps.-Melampo De naevis
Author(s): COSTANZA, Salvatore
Journal: Byzantion
Volume: 83    Date: 2013   
Pages: 83-102
DOI: 10.2143/BYZ.83.0.2988912

Abstract :
For the history of Byzantine divination and its fate in modern Greece as well as in Western Europe it is interesting to draw attention to the history of Greek elaeoscopy, viz. divination by moles, which were thought to be prophetic signs. The phenomenon can be situated within the larger field of general physiognomy. The treatise On moles has previously been made available in the editio princeps by C. Peruschi, Rome 1545 (= versio A). Therefore, the present publication offers the textus receptus of the treatise, together with the editions of both a later anonymous text On moles (= versio B) and a metaphrase in demotic Greek (= versio C), both testifying to the survival of this particular method of prophesying.

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