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Title:The "Fabulae Hygini" reappraised: A reconsideration of the content and compilation of the work
Author(s):Breen, Anthony Bernard
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Browne, Gerald M.
Department / Program:Classics
Discipline:Classical Philology
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Language, Ancient
Literature, Classical
Abstract:In the field of classical mythology, the work known as the Fabulae Hygini occupies a central position with its wide variety of information and subject matter. However, treatment of the Fabulae outside an apparatus criticus is sparse: the collection is typically summarised as merely a supplementary source of reference for Greek and Roman myths, or as a work made by some unidentifiable excerptor, and problems of chronology, authorship, content and influences are often dispensed with in a general, nebulous presentation. The present study seeks to go beyond the realms of capitulatim commentary in an effort to elevate the Fabulae from the world of the apparatus reference and, by focussing on the great welter of information as presented in the work, to put it into perspective. Just as the corpus of major authors is scrutinised in order to discern its raison d'etre, the intention here is to treat "Hyginus" and his myth register in a like manner and see what new information, if any, comes to light. The investigation approaches the Fabulae from a different viewpoint and seeks to apply information gleaned from the content of the collection in order to address the question of how the compendium came to be. A sample section of the Fabulae has been chosen in order to examine the nature and intent of material presented, to measure its significance, and to apply the results to the collection as a whole. The overall result will then prove useful to others who may wish to delve into the curious nature of this unique work.
Issue Date:1991
Rights Information:Copyright 1991 Breen, Anthony Bernard
Date Available in IDEALS:2011-05-07
Identifier in Online Catalog:AAI9210751
OCLC Identifier:(UMI)AAI9210751

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