Note, Phrygian sage

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Poems 1773, Edited by Lisa Vargo and Allison Muri
Native to Phrygia, an ancient country of west-central Asia Minor, place of an early Christian sect, the Montanists. McCarthy and Kraft (265n) see this as a reference to the beginnings of religious nonconformity, but it is also possible that Barbauld is referring to the Stoic philosopher Epictetus (A.D. 55-135) translated by Elizabeth Carter.

Published @ RC

April 2000