Silvanus en de Griekse gnomische traditie*Een beknopte versie van dit opstel werd op 26.8.1987 voorgedragen op de tiende patristische conferentie te Oxford. Het doet mij genoegen het te kunnen opdragen aan Jannes Reiling, die voor de Utrechtse faculteit zoveel betekend heeft. | Amsterdam University Press Journals Online
Volume 42, Issue 2
  • ISSN: 2542-6583
  • E-ISSN: 2590-3268



The (NHC VII, 4) show some influence of the Greek gnomic tradition. NHC VII, 102, 16-22, contains a combination of 352 and 22, which is also found in Origen Epiphanius, 64, 7, 3). Both Origen and Silvanus reflect a later stage in the tradition of the Sextine sentences, in which originally independent maxims had been put together. The same phenomenon can be observed in a second passage of Silvanus, NHC VII, 108, 16-109, 9, and in Porphyry, 15 and 16. Both authors prove to have made use of a source which had combined sentences which were still separated in Sextus (4, 376a, 381 (44), 402) and only partly united in the (40, 4, 102). In his Porphyry is apparently more dependent on earlier (still unknown) gnomic sources than is assumed by his modern commentators.


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