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Friends Hold All Things in CommonTradition, Intellectual Property, and the Adages of Erasmus$
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Kathy Eden

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780300087574

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300087574.001.0001

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(p.164) Conclusion
Friends Hold All Things in Common

Kathy Eden

Yale University Press

This book concludes by showing how Erasmus used a chiliastic organization to draw his readers' attention to the deeply embedded but shifting issues of property that form the substrate of an apparently disorganized collection. By tradition, these issues are linked with notions of friendship, and rooted in the deepest layer of this tradition is the adage Erasmus moves to first position to serve as introduction to the collection as a whole: “Friends hold all things in common.” Like the 1508 Aldine Adages, the 1515 Froben edition not only reaffirms the focus of the opening adage on friendship and property but does so once again by deftly marking the beginning of a new thousand. Standing at the head of the fourth chilias is the unusually long exposition of a newly added adage that Erasmus himself characterizes as both elegant and well-known.

Keywords:   chiliastic organization, issues of property, notions of friendship, Aldine Adages, Froben edition, chilias

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