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Introduction: Dancing Around the Well

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In 1575 there appeared in Florence under the patronage of the Catholic Church a new edition of Erasmus' adages, Adagia quaecumque ad hanc diem exierunt. Marc Antoine Muret explains the saying τὴν περὶ τὸ φρέαρ ὄρχησιν ὀρχεῖσθαι as a figure of imprudence and more particularly of the imprudence of satire. Appealing to the authority of Horace, Cicero, Plato, Euripides, and Plutarch, Muret deplores the imprudence of those who sacrifice friendship and security in order to indulge in some harsh witticism, even against the powerful. Muret's polemical use of Plutarch's proverb against Erasmus culminates in an involuntary tribute to the Adages. After assailing Erasmus for his "fatuous interpretations" and defective theology, Muret writes a Latin commentary on Plutarch's adage clearly modeled on Erasmus' method of paroemiology. For Muret, the dance around the well can be used against those who for play or pleasure repeatedly do something to put themselves into danger.

Keywords: Catholic Church; Cicero; Erasmus' adages; Marc Antoine Muret; paroemiology; Plato; Plutarch's proverb



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