© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2006 Journal of Arabic Literature, XXXVII,3 Also available online – www.brill.nl REVIEWS H élène C ondylis- B assoukos . Stéphanitès kai Ichnélatès, traduction grecque (XI siècle) du livre Kal¬la wa-Dimna d’Ibn al-Muqa ff aÆ (VIII siècle). Étude lexicologique et littéraire. [Académie Royale de Belgique. Classe des Lettres. Fonds René Draguet, 11.] Leuven, Peeters 1997. xxxi + 239 pp. Reviewed by K evin van B ladel , University of Southern California It is not too late for scholars of Arabic literature to take notice of the work under review here, a study of Kal¬la wa-Dimna in its Byzantine Greek translation, made in the eleventh century CE, in comparison with its Arabic original. 1 The Greek ver- sion was the basis for the later medieval versions of Europe, translations from the Greek into Latin, Italian, Slavonic, and German, and thus is the link between the text in Arabic and its appearance in European literatures. But the question that will interest most Arabists — the text’s importance for the study of Arabic literature — is in the relatively early date of the Greek translation and its survival in a number of carefully studied Greek manuscripts. Condylis’
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