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Unformatted text preview: Palaephatus, On Incredible Tales (ca. mid-4th century B.C.) This I Wrote About Incredible Things Some people believe everything reported in old tales because they lack knowledge and understanding; other people, more sensitive by nature and more experienced, are completely convinced that none of the things reported have ever happened. But to me it seems best to assume that everything that happens in these tales did take place. For if only the names existed, there would never have arisen a tale about them; rather, the deeds must have taken place first, and then the tale could arise from them. What forms and shapes have been named as existing once but do not exist today have never existed. For if something different had existed back then, it would also exist now and in the future….Quite a number of things have been changed by poets and storytellers into something more incredible and more...
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This note was uploaded on 01/23/2012 for the course CLAS 250 taught by Professor Martinwinkler during the Summer '11 term at George Mason.
- Summer '11