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Gregorian Homiletics Handout

Gregorian Homiletics Handout

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Handout for A Compositional Taxonomy for Gregory the Great’s Forty Gospel Homilies
(Presented at 2009 PMR Conference)
Handout for A Compositional Taxonomy for Gregory the Great’s Forty Gospel Homilies
(Presented at 2009 PMR Conference)

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Derek Olsen
 A Compositional Taxonomy for Gregory the Great’s Forty Gospel Homilies— 
Handout
 The Macro-structure of the
Forty Gospel Homilies 
:Exegetical Exposition
Line by line ( 
in ordine 
 )
o
 
Hom 1-2, 4, 6-7, 9, 11-14,17-22, 25-27, 29-40
Summarily or Thematically 
o
 
Hom 3, 5, 8, 10, 15-16, 23-24, and 28
Subsequent Discourse
Drawn from last line of the textDrawn from a theme of the textBased on the Liturgical Occasion
o
 
Hom 3, 13, 21, 22, 25, 27, and 29
 The Micro-structure of the Forty Gospel Homilies
Priscian‟s
Praeexercitamina 
: steps for amplifying a
sententia 
:
1
  The maxim itself ( 
sententia 
 )
“It is not fitting for a man who sits as a counselor to sleep the night away” ( 
Illiad 
, 2.24)1. Praise ( 
a laude breui 
 )2. Paraphrase; brief restatement ( 
a simplici expositione ipsius sententiae 
 )
“It is not proper that a man who sits in a place of power, governing many, should be overcome
by sleep from the setting of the sun until i
t risers again.”
 3. Explanation ( 
a causa 
 )
“A chieftain should ever be watchful, but sleep destroys the vigilance of anyone.”
 4. Contrast ( 
a contrario
 )
 Just as no harm results if a private citizen sleeps the whole night through, so it would beunthinkable for a king not to spend sleepless vigils considering the safety of those who depend
upon him.”
5. Comparison ( 
a comparatione 
 )
“Just as governors must keep watch over the common good while others are sleeping, so an
emperor must look after his territori
es.”
 6. Example ( 
ab exemplo
 )
“Hector, watching and awake all night, sent Dolon as a spy among the ships of the Greeks.”7. Testimony; another‟s judgment ( 
ab iudicio
 )
“Sallust also agrees with this saying, „Many men, wholly given to greed and sloth, pass
like
ignorant and untrained vagrants through life.‟”
 8. Exhortation ( 
a conclusione; exhortatione 
)
 
“So it behooves us, when we undertake necessary tasks, to take thought over them with very 
great care and watchfulness.
1
 
English from “Priscian the Grammarian: Fundamentals Adapted from Hermogenes”, translated by Joseph M. Miller, pages 52
-68 in
Readings in Medieval Rhetoric 
, edited by  Joseph M. Miller, Michael H. Prosser, and Thomas W. Benson (Bloomington, Ind.: Indiana University Press, 1973).

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