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date: 09 July 2020

gnōmē, 

Source:
The Oxford Classical Dictionary
Author(s):
Michael S. SilkMichael S. Silk

a maxim or aphorism: an important facet of Greek literary expression from the earliest period. Hes. Op. 694 is representative: μέτρα φυλάσσεσθαι· καιρὸς δ᾽ ἐπὶ πᾶσιν ἄριστος (‘keep the rules: proportion is best in all things’). The subject is usually human life or the terms of human existence, articulated as a succinct general truth or instruction. The word γνώμη is attested in this sense from the late 5th cent. ... ...

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