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Milićević Bradać, Marina and Karavanić, Ivor. (2015). Phlegon of Tralles and fossils from Dalmatia. Vjesnik za arheologiju i povijest dalmatinsku, 108(1). pp. 109-118. ISSN 1845-7789

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The article contains data from the work of the Greek writer Phlegon on the bodies in the Artemis Cavern near Split, which had ribs exceeding 11 cubits (ca. 4.5 m) in length. This record is classified as a “paradoxographical” type of text. There is a discussion of the authenticity of this data, i.e., whether it is one of a series of examples of sensationalism in this type of ancient literature or a somewhat realistic report which suggests an archaeological, or rather paleontological find. Such finds in the ancient world were sometimes interpreted through the prism of mythology.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Phlegon, paradoxographical literature, Artemis Cavern, Dalmatia
Subjects: Archaeology
Departments: Department of Archaeology
Date Deposited: 19 Jul 2017 11:48
Last Modified: 19 Jul 2017 11:48

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