One of the most important figures of the 16th century, Desiderius Erasmus was a leading reformist and Renaissance humanist. Through his works and letters, Erasmus championed that true religion was a matter of inward devotion rather than outward symbols of ceremony and ritual, and sought to reform aspects of the Church from within. His works showed an astonishing intelligence, razor-sharp wit, and an authentic love for God and humanity. Soon after publication, his works were translated and read all over Europe.
In the year 1500, at the age of thirty-three, Erasmus published his first collection of proverbs and their explanations, which he had found scattered in the early Greek and Roman writers. The work was received with such an enormous positive response that over his lifetime Erasmus would frequently update and reprint the Adagia with new additional proverbs, the last edition numbering over four thousand. Robert Bland provides the English translations from Latin, as well as providing corresponding examples in Spanish, Italian, and French.
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- This resource contains explanations and is further illustrated by corresponding examples from the Spanish, Italian, French, and English languages
- Also Included is an index
Praise for the Print Edition
Without Erasmus, no student of proverb literature can move a step.
—The London Quarterly Review
Perhaps no man wielded a greater influence in the sixteenth century than Erasmus. Both in his relation to Protestantism and Romanism, Erasmus was an epoch-making personality. The modern age cannot be understood without a study of his writings and the tracing of his influence.
—The Reformed Church Review
To read Erasmus is to grow in wisdom.
—Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society
- Title: Proverbs Chiefly Taken from the Adagia of Erasmus
- Author: Desiderius Erasmus
- Editor: Robert Bland
- Publisher: T. Egerton
- Publication Date: 1814
- Pages: 537
About the Contributors
Desiderius Erasmus (1466–1536) was a priest, scholar, author, and translator known as a leading figure in the Renaissance humanist movement before and during the Reformation. In 1506 he graduated as Doctor of Divinity from Turin University, and later was Lady Margaret's Professor of Divinity at the University of Cambridge. He then taught at Queens College, Cambridge for five years before becoming an independent scholar. Erasmus' works were very influential; his books were produced in many editions and translations and printed all through Europe during his lifetime.
Robert Bland (1730–1816) ran a successful practice in London as an obstetrician, and was the author of several medical books.