Gnomes
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Abstract

A gnome (or maxim) is a brief, succinct statement about particular aspects of human life and conduct, based on experience, expressing an opinion widely accepted, and giving advice for or against a course of action.

The Greek word gnṓmē, originally meaning ‘opinion’, is used since the 5th c. BCE (cf. Soph. Aj. 1091, Eur. fr. 362.3 Kannicht, Aristoph. Nub. 924, Xen. Mem. 4.2.9) to denote also a ‘maxim’ or a ‘wise saying’, i.e., a brief, general, succinct statement about particular aspects of human life and c…

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Dimitrios Christidis, “Gnomes”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: First Last. Consulted online on 13 December 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_SIM_00000464>
First published online: 2013



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