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The Dicts and Sayings of the Philosophers

Edited by John William Sutton

The Dicts and Sayings of the Philosophers
Paperback, 176 pages £15.50
Published: 2006
ISBN: 9781580441056
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Subjects: Medieval Institute Publications, Medieval Studies, Philosophy and Religion
Series: TEAMS Middle English Texts Series

At the forefront of the medieval wisdom tradition was The Dicts and Sayings of the Philosophers, a long prose text that purports to be a compendium of lore collected from biblical, classical, and legendary philosophers and sages. Dicts and Sayings was a well-known work that traveled across many lands and was translated into many languages. It became popular in England in the fifteenth century, and cemented its place in English literary history on 18 November 1477, when William Caxton printed an edition of Dicts and Sayings that was perhaps the first book ever printed in England. Dicts and Sayings is presented as a series of truisms handed down from a wise speaker to a receptive audience. The text introduces its audience to a long series of eminent wise men, with each philosopher's words of wisdom being preceded by a biographical story that ranges from a few words to several manuscript pages.

Acknowledgements Introduction The Dicts and Sayings of the Philosophers 1. Zedechye 2. Hermes 3. Zac 4. Zalquaquine 5. Homer 6. Solon 7. Zabyon 8. Hippocrates 9. Pythagoras 10. Diogenes 11. Socrates 12. Plato 13. Aristotle 14. Alexander 15. Ptolemy 16. Assaron 17. Loginon 18. Onese 19. Marcedarge 20. Thescile 21. Gregory 22. Galen 23. The Last Philosophers Explanatory Notes Textual Notes Glossary Bibliography Thematic Index

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 Paperback , 176 pages

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 Medieval Institute Publications


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