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Libri sententiarum
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[German Version]

Authoritative dicta with significant content (Gk γνώμη/gnṓmē [earliest: Sophoc. Ajax 1091] alongside more specialized terms; Lat. sententia [since Cicero]) were already in use in pre-Christian times in literary and rhetorical contexts; later they were collected for more convenient use (gnomology, similar to anthology [Florilegium]). Examples are Μενάνδρου γνώμαι μονόστιχοι/Menándrou gnṓmai monóstichoi (probably begun in the 2nd cent. bce; continued into the Byzantine period) and Σέξτου γνώμαι/Séxtou gnṓmai (c. 200 ce). During the Trinitarian contr…

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Köpf, Ulrich, “Libri sententiarum”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 20 May 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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