Prolegomena to the Adages: Adagiorum Collectanea, Indexes to Erasmus’ Adages

By Desiderius Erasmus
Translated by John N. Grant
Indexes by William Barker

© 2017

After spending several months in England, Erasmus returned to Paris in the winter of 1500 and set about compiling a small anthology of classical proverbs known as the Adagiorum collectanea. This modest work became the basis for one of Erasmus’ best known and longest works, when it was expanded in 1508 into the far more substantial Adagiorum chiliades. The essay that begins this introductory volume to the Adages explores the development of the Collectanea and its transformation into the Adagiorum chiliades. It is followed by the first annotated translation into English of the Collectanea.

The second part of this volume contains a series of indexes to all of the adages found in CWE volumes 31–36: Greek; Latin; Early Modern English proverbs with possible sources or parallels in Erasmus; Erasmus’ original topical index; and full indexes of all the proverbs and names mentioned by Erasmus. The Prolegomena to the Adages is a much needed resource for Erasmus and Renaissance scholars alike and it continues the excellence in scholarship which defines the entire series.

Volume 30 of the Collected Works of Erasmus series.

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The essay that begins this introductory volume to the Adages explores the development of the Collectanea and its transformation into the Adagiorum chiliades.

Prolegomena to the Adages: Adagiorum Collectanea, Indexes to Erasmus’ Adages

By Desiderius Erasmus
Translated by John N. Grant
Indexes by William Barker

© 2017

After spending several months in England, Erasmus returned to Paris in the winter of 1500 and set about compiling a small anthology of classical proverbs known as the Adagiorum collectanea. This modest work became the basis for one of Erasmus’ best known and longest works, when it was expanded in 1508 into the far more substantial Adagiorum chiliades. The essay that begins this introductory volume to the Adages explores the development of the Collectanea and its transformation into the Adagiorum chiliades. It is followed by the first annotated translation into English of the Collectanea.

The second part of this volume contains a series of indexes to all of the adages found in CWE volumes 31–36: Greek; Latin; Early Modern English proverbs with possible sources or parallels in Erasmus; Erasmus’ original topical index; and full indexes of all the proverbs and names mentioned by Erasmus. The Prolegomena to the Adages is a much needed resource for Erasmus and Renaissance scholars alike and it continues the excellence in scholarship which defines the entire series.

Volume 30 of the Collected Works of Erasmus series.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Series: Collected Works of Erasmus
  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 856 pages
  • Dimensions: 7.0in x 2.4in x 9.9in
  • Reviews

    ‘Waiting for CWE 30 was a matter of a few years. Tantalizing by partial translation, English readers have waited centuries for a complete Adages. At last we have it, dense, delightful, and whole. The Toronto Adages is a major accomplishment, five hundred years overdue.’


    Willis Goth Regier
    World Literature Today October 2017
  • Author Information

    Desiderius Erasmus (c. 1466-1536), a Dutch humanist, Catholic priest, and scholar, was one of the most influential Renaissance figures. A professor of divinity and Greek, Erasmus wrote, taught, and travelled, meeting with Europe's foremost scholars. A prolific author, Erasmus wrote on both ecclesiastic and general human interest subjects.


    John N. Grant is a professor emeritus in the Department of Classics at the University of Toronto.


    William Barker is a professor in the Department of English at Dalhousie University and the former president and vice-chancellor of University of King’s College.
  • Table of contents

    Erasmus’ Adages by John N. Grant

    The Adagiorum collectanea

    Translation and annotation

    Indexes to the Erasmus’ Adages

    Works Frequently Cited

    Short-title Forms for Erasmus’ Works

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