Apothegms


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Apothegms

 

old collections of secular narrative literature, containing witty utterances or edifying stories about incidents from the lives of famous people. Apothegms were concerned with the behavioral standards of people in their personal and social lives. The authors of similar collections were, in particular, F. Petrarch and G. Boccaccio. At the end of the 16th century apothegms had penetrated into Polish manuscript literature and in the second half of the 17th century into Russian manuscript literature. The first printed edition of apothegms in Russia was published in 1711. At the end of the 18th century individual stories drawn from apothegms were included in N. G. Kurganov’s Letter-writer.

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The collections of short stories, maxims, and apothegms here presented do not read as written documents but as spoken exchanges abounding in dynamism and conversational energy.
Some prosaic apothegms, traditionally associated with one or another of the sages, include: "Measure is best" (Cleobulus), "Know thyself" (Chilo), and "Nothing too much" (Solon), appeared on the wall at Delphi; "Hesiod might as well have kept his breath to cool his pottage" (Periander); "Every one of you hath his particular plague, and my wife is mine; and he is very happy who hath this only" (Pittacus); "Power reveals the man" (Bias); "Poets tell m any lies" (Solon); "Until he is dead, do not yet call a man happy, but only lucky" (Solon).
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These redoubtable apothegms do not exist in drafts of this letter in the typescripts of Beer's book, and the letter is a demonstrable fabrication; it was written by Thomas Beer, not Stephen Crane.
It is very much an account of high politics and of political culture, but as a sweeping account of what happened and of how one thing led to another, this is a classic narrative; and it is one constantly enlivened by epigrams, even apothegms.
Such remarks are like epigrams, apothegms, bons mots or apercus.
Aphorisms, apothegms, annotations, maxims, minutes, memoranda, enigmas, reflections, paragrams, and pensees .