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Proverbia graecorum
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Writers on any subject like to make use of brief, pointed sayings to make their points. They can consist of proverbs or aphorisms. These brief sentences help in clarification and memorization. The Greco-Roman world was no exception. Pointed sentences (Gk γνώμαι/gnoomai; Lat. sententiae) and proverbs (Gk παροιμίαι/paroimiai; Lat. proverbia) are often used in ancient Greek and Roman literature. In Greek literature, they are found from Homer onwards. They contributed not only to the …

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Bloemendal, Jan, “Proverbia graecorum”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 03 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2022

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