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Title: Timotheus of Gaza's On Animals in the Arabic Tradition
Author(s): KRUK, Remke
Journal: Le Muséon
Volume: 114 Issue: 3-4 Date: 2001
Timotheus of Gaza, as Byzantine sources inform us, was a grammarian who lived during the reign of the Emperor Anastasios (491-516). According to the lexoicographer Suidas (ca. 950 AD), Timotheus 'wrote epically four books on the quadrupeds of India and Egypt, and (those) which Libya rears, and on exotic as well as portentous birds, and on snakes'. On the basis of Suidas' information, the assumption has often been that Timotheus' book on animals was an epic poem. Bodenheimer sees no reason to doubt this, but the matter has not been settled beyond all doubt. This article tries to clarify this.