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- DescriptionWritten reputedly by an Egyptian magus, Horapollo Niliacus, in the fourth century C.E., The Hieroglyphics of Horapollo is an anthology of nearly two hundred hieroglyphics, or allegorical emblems, said to have been used by the Pharaonic scribes in describing natural and moral aspects of the world. Translated into Greek in 1505, it informed much of Western icography from the sixteenth through the nineteenth centuries. This work t only tells how various types of natural phemena, emotions, virtues, philosophical concepts, and human character-types were symbolized, but also explains why, for example, the universe is represented by a serpent swallowing its tail, filial affection by a stork, education by the heavens dropping dew, and a horoscopist by a person eating an hourglass. In his introduction Boas explores the influence of The Hieroglyphics and the causes behind the rebirth of interest in symbolism in the sixteenth century. The illustrations to this edition were drawn by Albrecht Durer on the verso pages of his copy of a Latin translation.
- Author(s)Horapollo Niliacus
- PublisherPrinceton University Press
- Date of Publication15/11/1993
- Series TitleBollingen Series (General)
- Series Part/Volume Numberv. 23
- Place of PublicationNew Jersey
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintPrinceton University Press
- Content Note10 illus.
- Weight228 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine12 mm
- Translated byGeorge Boas
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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