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Some Lutheran Readings Of Greek Texts

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This chapter demonstrates the link between views of Greek antiquity in, Melanchthonian circles, and the explication of works of Greek literature. In the Chronicon Carionis Melanchthon posits five ancient sages as the founding figures of Greek letters: Atlas, Linus, Orpheus, Homer, and Hesiod. Another approach to pagan authors was the compilation of anthologies. Instead of offering a commentary on a given work the pedagogue would excerpt aphorisms from a variety of ancient sources. A prominent champion of this sort of pedagogical use of the ancients was Melanchthon's student Michael Neander who published several anthologies of moral precepts culled from Greek sources.

Keywords: anthologies; Chronicon Carionis; Greek antiquity; Hesiod; Homer; Melanchthon; Michael Neander



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