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B. Anderson, Loeb Classical Libraty (Cam- sions. s These small changes tell us that no formula book ruled for all time. Even workshops were social products; they took their cues, however slowly and with however much inertia, from those who made use of them. "Banal;' is the word that the inscriptions' modern editors use for the most routine of the formulae. But what was banal at Trier was not so at Vienne. At Vienne most people commissioning epitaphs were careful to specifY dates; at Trier people almost never added dates to their inscriptions.

In this way, under the aegis of the Desert Fathers, the "deadly sins" originated in theories of emotion. In effect the Fathers were simply hardening ancient views-chiefly those of Plato and the Stoics-that disapproved of the emotions and founded whole ethical schemes on their extirpation or control. The best-known list of sins, the one by Pope Gregory the Great (d. 55 Of these, only gluttony was not directly part of the emotions tradition of the past. But in fact no thinker had ever entirely dissociated bodily appetites from mental desires.

47 4-5. For further associations of the terms ira andforor see I Sam. 20:34-; I Sam. 28:I8; Ps. 68:25; Ps. 84-:5. 4-r. I ordinarily follow the Douay translation, modifYing where necessary. I follow the text of the Vulgate given in Biblia Sacra iuxta vulgata versionem. 4-2. For the Psalms, Jerome gave two versions, one according to the Septuagint (the Greek bible) and one based on the Hebrew version. Hence the different words in parentheses. 4-3. Recall the observations ofReddy, Navigation ofFeeling, as discussed above in the introduction, at note 73· 4-4-.

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