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Practical Ethics for Roman GentlemenThe Work of Valerius Maximus$
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Clive Skidmore

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780859894777

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9780859894777.001.0001

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Chreiai, Apophthegmata and other Compilations

Chreiai, Apophthegmata and other Compilations

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(p.35) 5 Chreiai, Apophthegmata and other Compilations
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Practical Ethics for Roman Gentlemen
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Clive Skidmore

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9780859894777.003.0005

This chapter discusses the forms of Hellenistic compilations. Among these were the many books of Chreiai or Sayings, which originally consisted of anecdotes or remarks attributed to a particular philosopher. The nature of the collections of chreiai in the Hellenistic age may be confirmed by examining a later work, the Apophthegmata of Plutarch, which is a form of the same kind of literature. Another form of compilation consists of a brief programmatic introduction followed by a series of illustrative historical examples. The earliest of these handbooks to survive is probably Book II of the Economics of pseudo-Aristotle, which consists for the most part of examples illustrative of a point in Aristotle's doctrine.

Keywords:   Greek literature, collections, historical examples, anecdotes, Plutarch, handbooks

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