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This front matter section of the book Commentary on the Historia Apollonii Regis Tyri contains the table of contents, foreword, introduction, and abbreviations. The book discusses commentary on the story of Apollonius King of Tyre, and King Antiochus in the Middle Ages, and variation of the story among the Latin versions and the numerous vernacular adaptations. Incest, deception, pirates, famine, sex and shipwreck form main ingredients of the story. The story has links with the Greek novel. The Greek substrate is probably based on a prose description. The author attempts to show that the story originated in Greece, or more precisely Asia Minor, possibly in Tarsus. The Recension A (RA) and Recension B (RB) are compared line by line, generally given preference to RA.

Keywords: Historia Apollonii Regis Tyri; King Antiochus; King Apollonius; Tarsus; Tyre

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