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Folklore Versus Fakelore: Some Problems In The Life Of Apollonius

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The so-called "Life of Apollonius" of Tyana has light to throw on a variety of aspects of cultural and religious history of the Early Roman Empire. This chapter begins by defining the scope of the folklore set out to study. It discusses Greek and Caucasian traditions of Prometheus, healing and exorcism tales, tales of the Sage and the Pillars of Heracles, Apollonius and the Beggar at Ephesus, and the Problem of Buried Treasure. We can say that there was a report of a vernacular tradition of Prometheus in the Caucasus. We can advance a disarmingly literal exploration of Indian levitation; or we can suspect that a fawn skin outfit for rustic rapists will go some way to 'explaining' or perpetuating rumours of satyrs. The Life deserves to be a great deal better known to folklorists than is currently the case.

Keywords: Life of Apollonius; Caucasian traditions of Prometheus; Greek traditions of Prometheus; vernacular tradition of Prometheus



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