Corporeal Discourses in Phlegon of Tralles’ «Mirabilia»
Revenants, oracular heads, hermaphrodites, sex-changers, human-animal children, multiple pregnancies, births, body features … This is just a sample of subjects that Phlegon of Tralles explored in the 2nd century AD in his "Mirabilia". This study identifies the common motifs of Phlegon’s text and determines his criterion of selection: using the cultural category of "monster", it argues that Phlegon exclusively collected stories of either hybrid creatures or human "record-breakers" with respect to scale, size and multiplicity of their corporeal features. In this light, the "Mirabilia" appear to be a book on monsters and the monstrous that corresponds with a general fondness for marvels and oddities during the Roman imperial period.
Table of Contents
I.2 Method. Monster as the Key and the Key to the Monster
I.3 The Author and the Work. A Few Facts and Even Fewer Pieces of Gossip
I.4 Survey of scholarly literature
II. Phlegon’s Monstrous World
II.1.1 Neither Dead Nor Alive
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