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Less well-known are the apophthegms of various "old men" quoted in Scholia in Prov.
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The literary form that those sayings and stories eventually took, namely, the apophthegm, is one rooted in oral storytelling.
Montaigne's apophthegm that `to Philosophise is to Learne how to Die' (p.
Discontinuity is its only invariant feature, though Moret aims to show that atomization can beget a 'constellation', in which each apophthegm is solitaire/ solidaire.
The cell, as described in the Life of Antony and in the apophthegms, developed from a sacralized place to become a critical component of successful monastic living.
From that perspective, I think, the opposition of Heraclitus to Parmenides could well be maintained because Heraclitus obscurus, the great Greek master of apophthegms, was in a way pioneering the Christian antithetical schemes of expression which, as we will see, were supported by negative theology and by the idea of infinity.
Bultmann classifies this story as one of biographical apophthegms, which is also "a controversy dialogue of a sort".
It begins sufficiently well, but the author has hardly enunciated his preliminary apophthegms, when he conducts into an obscurity where we can hardly grope our way, and when we emerge from that, it is to be bewildered by his gorgeous but unsubstantial pictures of sagely perfection.
It is only about two-thirds as long as Dryden's version, chiefly because Johnson reduces Juvenal's satirical illustrations to terse, ironic apophthegms.
If all the hadith are tendentious fictions arising, precisely as Bultmann said the gospel apophthegms did, as narrative interpretations of cryptic sayings (in this case, enigmatic or incoherent Koranic passages); if the archaeological evidence shows Mecca held no special prominence in the economy of the Hejaz (northwestern Arabia) at Muhammad's time; if the surprisingly numerous contemporary non-Islamic accounts of Islamic origins indicate there was only an Arab conquest, not yet a Muslim one, that the Islamic Shari'ah (Law code) had nothing originally to do with the Koran; if Muhammad was at first the herald of the Messiah 'Umar--where are we?