The Origin of Mephostophilis

by ttucker23 on August 25, 2006

An interesting note in the New Mermaid edition of Doctor Faustus states that the name Mephostophilis wasn’t known before the Faustus legend. A.E. Taylor, in a letter to T.L.S. (6th December 1917) suggested that it might derive from the Greek me faustopheles, which translates as ‘no true friend to Faustus’.


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