Aesop references in BAGD

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Jody A. Rinas
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Aesop references in BAGD

Post by Jody A. Rinas » March 9th, 2013, 2:37 pm

I'm looking for an expert on abbreviations in BAGD.
Checking on p.422, in the left-hand column under KATESQIW, in section 2. About halfway down, there is a reference to Aesop's Fables:
Aesop., Fab. 169 P.=304 H.
169 P. is a reference to the numbering in the Perry Index. So what kind of cross-referent is is 304 H? And also, why is "Aesop" followed by a period? Thanks, folks, for the answer key here.

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Re: Aesop references in BAGD

Post by Stephen Carlson » March 9th, 2013, 2:55 pm

H. looks like the siglum of another editor of Aesop, perhaps the 19th cen. editor Karl Halm. The period is due to the fact it is an abbreviation of his Latin name, Aesopus.
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Mark House
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Re: Aesop references in BAGD

Post by Mark House » March 9th, 2013, 5:12 pm

Below is the abbreviation notation from BDAG. H. = The C. Halm edition of Aesop's Fables. Aesop has the period because it is an abbreviated reference to "Aesopica," Perry's larger volume that includes the Fables and three other works.

Aesop , cited editions of writings associated with Aesop (VI B.C.) include: Aesopica, ed. BPerry 1952 (Vitae Aesopi, Sententiae, Proverbia, Fabulae); Vitae Aes., ed. Eberhard 1872 (s. Vi. Aes. below); and other editions of the fables: CHalm (H.) 1854; AChambry (Ch.) 1925; AHausrath/HHunger (H-H.), Corpus Fabularum Aesopicarum I/1 1970, I/2 1959. Synt.=Syntipas, referring to a collection of fables (date uncertain) associated with a philosopher of that name in a Sinbad-type of story, prob. of Persian origin.

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Re: Aesop references in BAGD

Post by Louis L Sorenson » March 9th, 2013, 11:19 pm

If you want to read some of Aesop's works you can find them at The site is run by Laura Gibbs, who has translated many of Aesop's fables from both Latin and Greek. You can also find some of Aesop's fables on my site, where the contents of a Greekstudy group which I led have about 15+ fables with vocab, grammar notes, pictures, etc. I think my favorite is Aphrodite and the Weasel

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