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Adages: III iv 1 to IV ii 100, Volume 35

translated and annotated by Denis L. Drysdall
edited by John N. Grant
Volume: 35
Copyright Date: 2005
Pages: 470
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    Book Description:

    This fifth of seven volumes on the Adages continues from where the Collected Works of Erasmus volume 34 left off and includes 900 more adages from III iv 1 to IV ii 100. The aim of the Adages volumes in the CWE is to provide a fully annotated, accurate, and readable English version of the more than 4000 adages gathered, and commented on by Erasmus, sometimes in a few lines and sometimes in full-scale essays.

    Following in the tradition of meticulous scholarship for which the Collected Works of Erasmus is widely known, the notes to this volume identify the classical sources and illustrate how Erasmus' reading and thinking developed over twenty-five years, a period spanned by eight revisions of the first edition of the work which appeared in 1508 and won immediate acclaim. Many of the proverbs cited by Erasmus are still in use today.

    eISBN: 978-1-4426-7062-4
    Subjects: History

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-vi)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. vii-viii)
  3. Editor’s Preface
    (pp. ix-x)
  4. Translator’s Preface
    (pp. xi-xii)
  5. ADAGES III iv i to IV ii 100
    (pp. 3-551)

    Χαμαιλέοντος εύμεταβολώτερος, As changeable as a chameleon. The chameleon is recorded among animals that change their colour. Aristotle describes its appearance carefully in the second book of hisNature of Animals.As far as the changing of colour is concerned, he reports as follows:

    Its colour changes when it is breathed on. This becomes at one time black, not unlike the colour of crocodiles, at another pale, like lizards’, at yet another a spotted black such as that of leopards. This sort of change of colour occurs over the whole body. Even the eyes and tail end up becoming the...

    (pp. 552-554)
    (pp. 555-593)
  8. Back Matter
    (pp. 594-594)