The Number of Books of Iamblichus’ Babylonian (on Photos Bibl. 94, 78b 3)

Nunzio Bianchi


The aim of this paper is to reconsider the final words of chapter 94 in Photius’ Bibliotheca on Iamblichus’ Babyloniaca (ἐν οἷς ὁ ις´ λόγος, “with these facts book 16 ends”). Literary, codicological, and textual evidence concur to prove that Photius’ summary of Iamblichus’ novel is actually incomplete and his words do not refer to the Babyloniaca as a whole.


Iamblichus; Babyloniaca; Photius; Bibliotheca ch. 94

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