Note 4 of My Birth And Education
From Folly Speaks; Part 1 of "The Praise Of Folly" by Erasmus

Just as Folly's declamation is anything but improvised, so it goes to some lengths to drag in Greek proverbs. Folly's attack on literary pretentiousness ends with two Greek proverbs. In the 529 colloquy The Cyclops, Erasmus makes a similarly ironic comment on his own activity. Here Folly, having presented herself probably in jester's garb, has pursued the introduction to the encomium of herself with a take-off of most of the classical introductory procedures. We have had an exordium, consisting of a greeting and a narration. Instead of the scholastic partition, Folly has refused to explain herself 'by definition, still less by division', but has presented herself without cosmetics and with immediate effect. Erasmus implies a contrast between the immediate religious experience mediated by the reading of the scriptures, and the theological subtleties of the scholastics buttressing the 'religion of works'. We now move into a discussion of Folly's birth, parodying the genealogical section of the Greek paradigm for encomia, prior to identifying Folly's companions and moving on to the gifts she bestows. Folly will eventually abandon her ironic role as a fool and, having forgotten who she is and what she is doing, will not bother about a peroration.