Bibliography


Bibliographies of primary and secondary literature about or of relevance to paradoxography are available on Zotero.

Although the paradoxographical texts have been collected in scholarly editions in the original Greek or Latin, the secondary literature on the texts themselves remains relatively sparse. However, their nature as compilations from and sources for a much wider range of factual literature means that there remains a considerable body of modern work that is of relevance to their study. Also, a number of non-paradoxographical primary texts are used as sources by the paradoxographical authors or show parallels with or use of paradoxography proper. Aristotle's History of Animals, for example, was a major source of striking facts about animals, while Pliny's Natural History often shows a paradoxographical streak in dealing with natural marvels. Apart from the subject-matter of the texts themselves, there are wider and more diffuse issues such as the purpose of (and audiences for) paradoxography, and its relation to cultural, social and literary contexts.

The bibliography listed on Zotero is also available in the form of separate documents (see below). To avoid presenting a large and amorphous list relating to the various aspects described in the previous paragraph, the bibliographical lists divide the material into primary and secondary sources, and distinguish between material focusing on paradoxography itself and that dealing with related texts and contexts. In the documents listed below, the first bibliography presents the 'core' items: critical editions and translations of the paradoxographical texts themselves, along with the key secondary literature. The lists can be accessed as separate documents by clicking on the link below each frame. 

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