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PHLEGON

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Originally appearing in Volume V21, Page 447 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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PHLEGON, of Tralles in Asia Minor, Greek writer and freed-man of the emperor Hadrian, flourished in the and century A.D. His chief work was the Olympiads, an historical compendium in sixteen books, from the 1st down to the 229th Olympiad (776 B.C. to A.D. 137), of which several chapters are preserved in Photius and Syncellus. Two small works by him are extant: On Marvels, containing some ridiculous stories about ghosts, prophecies and monstrous births, but instructive as regards ancient superstitions ;-On Long-lived Persons, a list of Italians who had passed the age of ioo, taken from the Roman censuses. Other works ascribed to Phlegon by Suidas are a description of Sicily, a work on the Roman festivals in three books, and a topography of Rome. Fragments in C. Muller, Frag. hist. graec. iii.; ofthe Marvels and Long-lived in O. Keller, Rerum naturalium scriptores, i. (1877); see also H. Diels, " Phlegons Androgynenorakel " in Sibyllinische Bldlter (1890).
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