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The Latin term collatio is used in a variety of senses such as “bringing together,” “gathering,” “bestowing” (thus in Corpus Iuris Canonici, canon 147, for the conferment of an office), “comparing” (e.g. of a copy with the original). Rhetorics and philosophy employ the term for an amplifying figure of thought that compares two things on account of their similarity until it arrives at a complete comparison on the basis on a metaphorical tertium. In the context of church Latin, John Cassian's Collationes patrum (425–429) played a formative role: it contains 24 e…

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Neijenhuis, Jörg, “Collatio”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 23 January 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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