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  • n. Plural of exemplum.

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  • n. Plural form of exemplum.


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  • "exempla" designed for the use of preachers and the writings of the classical authors of antiquity.

    The Book of Noodles Stories of Simpletons; or, Fools and Their Follies

  • Stuttgart ", No. 187, Tubingen, 1889), as one of the tales or" exempla "recounted by the Empress of Rome to the Emperor and the Seven Sages.

    Four Arthurian Romances

  • Storytelling, like that found in Proverbs 1-9, uses exempla - both negative and positive - to reinforce the desired behaviour.

    Michael Gilmour: Anne Bronte's Religious Imagination

  • Proverbs itself uses exempla, as in 6:6-11, which opens with the phrase, "Go to the ant, thou sluggard consider her ways, and be wise."

    Michael Gilmour: Anne Bronte's Religious Imagination

  • Yet one cannot be too strict in policing the boundaries between these two levels, for in drawing attention to the poetics of articulation, "Mont Blanc" suggests that philosophical argument inevitably relies on representations of an embodied "I," narrative exempla, privileged metaphors, and repeated terms.

    Rhyming Sensation in 'Mont Blanc'

  • Deus, qui in Ecclesia tua nova semper instauras exempla virtutum: da populo tuo beati Andreæ Confessoris tui atque Pontificis ita sequi vestigia; ut assequatur et præmia.

    Leap Year -- Day

  • The Art Bulletin, 85/1 (2003): 114 – 36; Veldman, Ilja M. “The Old Testament as a moral code: Old Testament stories as exempla of the Ten Commandments.”

    Art: Representation of Biblical Women.

  • In addition, stories and exempla like those found in moral literature such as Sefer Hasidim, a late twelfth/early thirteenth-century book written by R. Judah ben Samuel he-Hasid (c. 1150 – 1217) and his successors, illuminate different aspects of medieval life and beliefs.

    Medieval Ashkenaz (1096-1348).

  • For example, moral exempla tell many stories about Jews, and a fair number of them are about Jewish women.

    Medieval Ashkenaz (1096-1348).

  • Or this: "A duller load of silence surrounds the bits of Sappho cited by ancient scholars, grammarians, metricians, etc., who want a dab of poetry to decorate some proposition of their own and so adduce exempla without context."



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