An Entertaining Tale of Quadrupeds (Records of Western Civilization) Cover Image
By Nick Nicholas (Translator), George Baloglou (Translator)
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Description


An Entertaining Tale of Quadrupeds is the first English verse translation of the Greek satirical poem Diegesis Paidiophrastos ton Zoon ton Tetrapodon. Written by an anonymous author in fourteenth-century Byzantium, this vernacular allegorical poem has long been recognized as a unique document, one that appears to have originated independently of comparable works in other traditions. A medieval Animal Farm, the story describes a convention of animals in which each beast vaunts its uses to humanity while denigrating others, resulting in a cataclysmic battle. The authors provide extensive textual analysis and notes on the form, style, and context of the poem.

About the Author


Nick Nicholas is a research fellow in the Department of Linguistics and Applied Linguistics at the University of Melbourne, Australia, and a contributor to the Thesaurus Linguae Graecae project at the University of California, Irvine.George Baloglou is an associate professor of mathematics at the State University of New York, Oswego.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780231127615
ISBN-10: 0231127618
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication Date: July 18th, 2003
Pages: 576
Language: English
Series: Records of Western Civilization

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