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Stesichorus, The Tabula Iliaca Capitolina And Aeneid 2

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There are 22 Tabulae Iliacae, and there have been since 1989. Six of them are signed by the artist Theodorus: the epigraphic evidence leaves no doubt that that is who he was (Horsfall, IGUR 4, 96ff., JHS 1979, 27, etc.); the use of ?magic squares' to display the artist's signature may help confirm other indications of his Egyptian origins. There is nothing to support the hypothesis that Theodorus was the artist of the Tabula Iliaca Capitolina (TIC)'s equally hypothetical mosaic original. If the cultural context of the TIC was not the cool pedantry of, let us say, DH along with his friends and readers, but rather the exuberant pretensions of the semi-educated, then it becomes much easier to understand the reference to Stes. as source for the TIC.

Keywords: Tabula Iliaca Capitolina (TIC); Tabulae Iliacae; Theodorus

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