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*Mela/mpous), the author of two little Greek works still extant.

He lived probably in the third century B. C., as the Divinatio is addressed to "king Ptolemy," who is supposed by Fabricius (Biblioth. Gr. vol. i. p. 99, ed. vet.) to have been Ptolemy Philadelphus.


Both the works (as might be anticipated from the titles) are full of superstitions and absurdities.


They were first published in Greek by Camillus Peruscus, in his edition of Aelian's Varia Historia, &c., Rom. 1545, 4to.


They were translated into Latin by Nicolaus Petreius, and published together with Meletius, De Natura Hominis, Venet. 1552, 4to. They have also been translated into French and German. The last and best edition is that by J. G. F. Franz, in his Scriptores Physiognomiae Veteres, Altenburg, 1780, 8vo.

Further Information

Fabric. Bibl. Gr. vol. i. p. 99, ed. vet.; Choulant, Handb. d. Bücherkunde j ür die Aeltere Medicin, p. 415.


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