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Adages: IV iii 1 to V ii 51, Volume 36

John N. Grant
Betty I. Knott
edited by John N. Grant
Volume: 36
Copyright Date: 2006
Pages: 677
  • Book Info
    Book Description:

    This sixth of seven volumes devoted to theAdagesin the Collected Works of Erasmus completes the translation and annotation of the more than 4000 proverbs gathered and commented on by Erasmus in hisAdagiorum Chiliades(Thousands of Adages, usually known more simply as theAdagia). This volume's aim, like that of the others, is to provide a fully annotated, accurate, and readable English version of Erasmus' commentaries on these Greek and Latin proverbs, and to show how Erasmus continued to expand this work, originally published in 1508, until his death in 1536. An indication of Erasmus' unflagging interest in classical proverbs is that almost 500 of the 951 adages translated in this volume did not make their first appearance until the edition of 1533.

    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 the content of his commentaries on the adages often reflects Erasmus' scholarly and editing interests in the classical authors at a particular time. The work was highly acclaimed and circulated widely in Erasmus' time, serving as a conduit for transmitting classical proverbs into the vernacular languages, in which many of the proverbs still survive to this day.

    eISBN: 978-1-4426-7065-5
    Subjects: Philosophy

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-vi)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. vii-viii)
  3. Preface
    (pp. ix-x)
    JNG and BIK
  4. Adages IV iii 1 to V ii 51
    (pp. 3-630)

    ’Αληλєσμέυοs βíοs, Living on milled fare, or to put it another way, Food made of flour. Suidas points out that the proverb is understood in different ways.¹ Some, he says, apply the expression to the life of early man who fed on acorns, perhaps because the eating of meat and fish was still unknown at that period and humans ate only meal made from acorns. Others refer it to those who enjoyed a luxurious life-style free of toil, since the process of making flour was not known for some time after the discovery of wheat. Flour is readily available to...

    (pp. 631-636)
    (pp. 637-677)
  7. Back Matter
    (pp. 678-678)