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“Thucydides, she is commonly the best, de quo minimus foras habetur sermo, that is least talked of abroad.”
“After a lot of work on this problem of decorum he invented his own serviceable version of what Eric Auerbach called sermo humilis, a lowly style, the very style the Evangelists wrote their Greek in; a simple, everyday manner that is faintly, appropriately, archaic as well.”
“The second nocturn has lessons from a Father of the Church, here called sermo, a life of the saint on his feast, or a description of the event of the day.”
“This, as well as his substitution of "sermo" for "verbum" in John i, 1, was fiercely assailed.”
“In the earlier Nuremberg gradual, the image is less elaborate, focusing on John himself, while the later Zurich gradual provides the saint with an audience, which anachronistically contains two Dominican nuns. 132 In the second and later example, the initial E in which the scene is placed begins the Exiit sermo, which closed the saints 'section within the Proper of the Saints.”
“Auerbach's point in the essay you cite is not to say that "because of the Incarnation, Christians prefer sermo humilis.”
“As for sermo humilis in modern Christian writing: consider C.S.”
“In which sense it is not vocabulum that signifies a word, but sermo (in Greek logos) that is, some speech, discourse, or saying.”
“Amatorius sermo vehemens vehementis cupiditatis incitatio est, Tatius l. 1. 5091.”
“Signa sunt cessatio ab omni opere insueto, privatio somni, suspiria crebra, rubor cum sit sermo de re amata, et commotio pulsus.”
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from Ivan Illich's In the Vineyard of the Text - a commentary on the transition from a oral tradition to a text tradition of reading in the 12th century, and varied other discourses of Illich on a...
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