08 September 2014

Antigonus 26–30: Co-operative wolves; how to catch a deer; self-medicating goats

26(32)There is a certain plant, called sea-starwort [tripolion]: it grows on the seashore on rocks and puts forth a flower which changes its colour three times a day—it is sometimes white, sometimes purple and sometimes apple-yellow. Certainly, one would most accurately learn the other instincts of living creatures—such as pertain to conflicts, to healing of wounds, to the preparation of the necessities of life, to memory—from the collection of Aristotle, from which I will at first make my excerpt.

27(33) He says that around Conopeium in the Maeotian lake the wolves [lykos] procure their sustenance from the fishermen and guard their prey, and that if they suspect that they have been cheated in any way, they ruin their nets and their fish.

28(34) In Thrace, in the city once called Cedripolis, men and hawks [hierax] jointly hunt small birds: the former drive them away with sticks while the hawks pursue closely and [the little birds] in their flight fall into [the clutches of] the men. Because of this, they share their prey with the hawks.

29(35)[1] He says that does [elaphos] give birth by the roadside, to avoid predatory animals, for wolves [lykos] are least likely to attack them there; they lead even their offspring to their lair, so as to accustom them to that which they must flee—this is a precipitous rock with only one exit. [2] A female deer had previously been captured which had ivy [kittos] on its horns when they were moist. [3] Deer are captured by whistling and singing so that they lie down, overcome with pleasure.

30(36) The wild goats [aix] in Crete, whenever they are shot, seek dittany [diktamnos], for it seems to be effective in casting out the arrows.

Cross-references: available

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Image Credits
O. Dapper, 'Naukeurige beschryving der eilanden, in de archipel der Middelantsche zee, en ontrent dezelve, gelegen ...' (Amsterdam 1688), p.261. Via Internet Archive.

07 September 2014

Conference: 'Miracles and Wonders in Antiquity and Byzantium', Cyprus, Oct 2014

Time to resume posting after the holiday period.

First up, the programme for the conference 'Miracles and Wonders in Antiquity and Byzantium' (16–18 October 2014, University of Cyprus, Nicosia) promises rich pickings for those with an interest in paradoxography.

Based on the abstracts, the main paradoxographical action is taking place on Friday 17th, when the following papers will be presented:

Andrew G. Nichols (Florida) The Indika of Ctesias and the Origins of Paradoxography

Lisa Irene Hau & Alexander Meeus (Glasgow & Leuven) One May Rightly Wonder…: The Marvelous in Hellenistic Historiography

Daniel Bertoni (Florida) Plants and Paradoxography

Charles Delattre (Paris) Paradoxographic Discourse on Sources and Fountains: Deconstructing Paradoxes

Irene Pajon Leyra (Madrid) Turning Science into Miracle in the Voyage of Alexander the Great

Kai Brodersen (Erfurt) Gaius Iulius Solinus’ Collectanea Rerum Memorabilium

On the following day, Oscar Prieto Dominguez (Salamanca) Ancient Marvel Literature in Byzantium: Its Place in the Literary Canon of Photius is also relevant.

It does not appear possible (yet?) to register online for the conference, nor does the cost appear to be available; however, a posting to the Classicists list states that "anyone who wishes to attend the conference is asked to express their intention to the organizers, Stavroula Constantinou (konstans@ucy.ac.cy) or Maria Gerolemou (gmaria@ucy.ac.cy)."

There is also a Facebook page for the event.