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ALVAREZ SALAS, Omar. Pseudepicharmea: Alle origini di un corpus pseudepigrafo. Nova tellus [online]. 2007, vol.25, n.1, pp.117-153. ISSN 0185-3058.

This paper surveys the tradition around the pseudepigrapha attributed in Antiquity to the Sicilian comic writer Epicharmus, who was well known for his pronounced inclination to conceiving sentences and to contriving sophisticated comical devices. A thorough analysis of the evidence on pseudepicharmean writings and other akin textual corpora leads here to drawing a close parallelism between the production of the Pseudepicharmea and the growth of the Pseudo-pythagorica; on this basis, it is then undertaken a reconstruction of the historical development of the Pseudepicharmea, whose probable chronological position is set by taking into account more fully than in previous proposals the linguistic traits and contents documented for such a corpus. In the final part of the paper, an attempt is made to illustrate the mechanism leading to the constitution of a pseudepicharmean gnomologium, which might have been set off by the excerpting of authentical sentences out of Epicharmus’ comedies.

Palavras-chave : Aristoxenus; Axiopistus; Chrysogonus; Epicharmus; gnomic literature; Pseudepicharmea; pseudepigrapha; Pseudopythagorica.

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