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EUROPEAN AGENTS.
ENGLAND: EDWARD ARNOLD, 37 Bedford Street, STRAND, LONDON, W.C.

GERMANY: OTTO HARRASSOWITZ, Leipzig.
FRANCE: H. WELTER, 59 RUE BONAPARTE, Paris.

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TRANSACTIONS

OF THE

AMERICAN PHILOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION.

1896.

I. — Superstitions and Popular Beliefs in Greek Tragedy.

BY DR. ERNST RIESS.

The following paper is the first attempt to collect the “Thesaurus Superstitionum,” prefatory to a history of Greek and Roman superstition. If the aim had been to amass materials, I could easily have found a more fertile field. As it is, however, the yield has been beyond my expectations. Yet I know well I shall not escape the criticism of those to whom I may seem to have omitted important passages, or to have included quotations of no apparent bearing upon the subject. To them my answer is that it has been impossible to give the reasons for omission or reception of every item without unduly swelling a paper, which, from the conditions of its publication, must naturally be kept within certain limits. If I live to complete my task, all these reasons will be stated in full elsewhere.

The form of an alphabetical catalogue has seemed to be most adequate for immediate use, and to facilitate references to it in later work. The notes preceding the catalogue are intended to discuss such points as seemed to demand a more elaborate treatment, either on account of their intrinsic value, or to justify the reception of doubtful statements. But during the work I have more than once been tempted to lay down my pen, overcome by the proportions of the task.

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