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By N. L. Lazaridis

Drawing on proverbs and proverb-like sentences present in historical Egyptian and Greek knowledge collections, this e-book bargains an unique perception into the literary construction of those Mediterranean civilizations, evaluating their demeanour of conveying undying knowledge and reconsidering the prestige in their cultural touch.

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A. J. 17 Out of its thirteen lines, five contain proverbs of the instructional type, while the rest are of the statement type. Instances of the proverbs in this text are found the following group, in lines 1–3: mn p A mr p A hy-h. tˆ n p Aˆ nt ıw bw-ır=w r˘h s#h. #=f ˘ ‘There is no loving for the haughty (lit. 18 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 For this name, see Jasnow 2001b. For this, see comments in Shupak 1989. 1986, col. 1202. 1865, pl. XXXV, no. 54 verso. 1976, pp. 264–266. 1983, pp. 100–102. Here she also revises the translation of Williams.

The recent study of Stobaeus’s florilegia in Hose 2005. 108 For example, compare Phil. Log. 34–35, attributed to Isocrates, to Isoc. Ad Dem. 21, which bear the same meaning. 104 105 36 chapter ii 4. The Collections and their Egyptian and Greek Literary Milieu The Egyptian and Greek collections selected here to form the corpus of the study are, as are all literary works, parts of a wider network of texts sharing similar features. However, regardless of the features compared it is possible to observe that there is a certain umbrella, or macrogenre,109 under whose shade are born and raised a great many works that, in some cases, may share only one or two features and thus at first glance appear unrelated.

62 For instance, see the editions of the Slavonic and Arabic versions of this gnomic collection in Führer 1982 and 1993, and the article on the Coptic version by S. Pernigotti (2003). 63 See pp. 33 ff. The most recent edition of this text is Liapis 2002, reviewed in Petrides 2003. ) 2003, or Tosi 2004. 65 It is not possible to determine with certainty the exact date of the composition of these proverbs. Given the lack of enough established parallels with the works (or, those known to us) of the famous playwright Menander, who lived in Athens during the 4th and 3rd centuries BC, only part of the material can be attributed to him.

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