Phaedrus; David van Hoogstraten

Ezopische fabelen van Fedrus, gevryden slaef des keizers Augustus. In Nederduitsch dicht vertaelt en met aenmerkingen verrykt. Amsterdam, François Halma, 1703 (changed to 1704 with red ink).

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As the title describes Phaedrus was a Roman slave that served under the reign of Emperor Augustus (1st century AD). He used parts of the Aesopian fables as inspiration for his stories. When put into context the fables can be seen as political indictment against the current regime that he was under. The remarks on Phaedrus' fables are written by David van Hoogstraten (1658-1724) who published a number of works in the field of Dutch linguistics. His oeuvre contains subjects like the gender of Dutch words (1700) and the Latin-Dutch dictionary (1704).