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BATRACHOMYOMACHIA

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Originally appearing in Volume V03, Page 529 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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BATRACHOMYOMACHIA (Gr. (3arpaxos, " frog," Ails, " mouse," and µaxrl, " battle "), the " Battle of Frogs and Mice," a comic epic or parody on the Iliad, definitely attributed to Homer by the Romans, but according to Plutarch (De529 Herodoti Malignitate, 43) the work of Pigres of Halicarnassus, the brother (or son) of Artemisia, queen of Carla and ally of Xerxes. Some modern scholars, however, assign it to an anonymous poet of the time of Alexander the Great. Edition by A. Ludwich (1896).
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