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The Laughable Stories Collected by Mar Gregory John Bar-Hebraeus


The first complete edition, containing 727 "laughable stories", by Bar-Hebraeus. It was the child of the compiler's old age, and says much for the broadmindedness and versatility of the learned Bar-Hebraeus.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
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SKU (ISBN): 1-59333-123-1
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Publication Status: In Print

Publication Date: Jan 1,2004
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 402
ISBN: 1-59333-123-1
$89.00
$53.40

The present work contains the complete Syriac text of the seven hundred and twenty-seven "Laughable Stories," which were collected by John Abu'l-Faraj, more commonly known as Gregory bar-Hebraeus, the head of the Jacobite Church, or Maphrian of the East, from A.D. 1264 to 1286. Sixty-eight of these stories have been published before: eight by Adler, Bernstien and others, and sixty by Morales; but the remainder now appear in print for the first time.

A peculiar interest attaches itself to the "Book of Laughable Stories," for it was the child of the compiler's old age. And it says much for the broadmindedness and versatility of the learned and venerable Bar-Hebraeus that, while his mind was closely occupied with history and philosophy and with the writings on works of grammar and other difficult subjects, the enthusiastic churchman found time to jot down notes of the witty, cynical, amusing, edifying, and didactic sayings and narratives which he came across during his perusal of the literatures of the Jews and Greeks, Arabs and Persians, Indians and Syrians.

The present work contains the complete Syriac text of the seven hundred and twenty-seven "Laughable Stories," which were collected by John Abu'l-Faraj, more commonly known as Gregory bar-Hebraeus, the head of the Jacobite Church, or Maphrian of the East, from A.D. 1264 to 1286. Sixty-eight of these stories have been published before: eight by Adler, Bernstien and others, and sixty by Morales; but the remainder now appear in print for the first time.

A peculiar interest attaches itself to the "Book of Laughable Stories," for it was the child of the compiler's old age. And it says much for the broadmindedness and versatility of the learned and venerable Bar-Hebraeus that, while his mind was closely occupied with history and philosophy and with the writings on works of grammar and other difficult subjects, the enthusiastic churchman found time to jot down notes of the witty, cynical, amusing, edifying, and didactic sayings and narratives which he came across during his perusal of the literatures of the Jews and Greeks, Arabs and Persians, Indians and Syrians.

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E.A. Wallis Budge

  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • Prologue by Bar-Hebraeus
  • List of Chapters
  • Saying of the Greek Philosophers
  • Saying of the Persian Sages
  • Saying of the Indian Sages
  • Saying of the Hebrew Sages
  • Saying of the Christian recluses
  • Saying of the Muhammadan kings
  • Stories of teachers and learned men
  • Saying of the Arab ascetics
  • Saying of Physicians
  • Stories of the speech of irrational beasts
  • Stories of those whose dreams have come true
  • Stories of wealthy and liberal men
  • Stories of misers
  • Stories of men who followed despised handicrafts
  • Stories of actors and comedian
  • Stories of clowns and simpletons
  • Stories of lunatics and demoniacs
  • Stories of thieves and robbers
  • Stories of wonderful events
  • Physiognomical characteristics described
  • Apologue by Bar-Herbraeus
  • Miscellaneous moral exhortations
  • Bar-Hebraeus on the death of John Bar-Ma'Dani
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