He would have looked very well as a priest: the shabby, gnomic variety one sees in small Italian towns.
Dyer uses this kind of gnomic, prophetic, baffling language all the time, and it can be trying and vague.
The gnomic verses of Theognis were certainly sung; so were the satires of Archilochus and the romantic reveries of Mimnermus.
The gnomic poets and the Seven Sages had crystallized morality in apothegms.
Witness Hillel, and indeed all the writers of the gnomic wisdom in the "Ethics of the Fathers."
Viewed in this light, the gnomic poets mark a transition from Homer and Hesiod to the dramatists and moralists of Attica.
His method is gnomic, laconic, oracular; never persuasive or plausible.
In some respects these gnomic poets present even a more gloomy view of human destinies than the epic poets.
The gnomic poetry comprises that section of Hebrew literature which contains pithy maxims or proverbs.
The doubt of authorship which hangs over all the gnomic fragments warns us, therefore, to be cautious in ascribing them to Solon.
pertaining to or being like a gnome
French gnome + -ic
"full of instructive sayings," 1815, from French gnomique (18c.) and directly from Late Latin gnomicus "concerned with maxims, didactic," from Greek gnomikos, from gnome "thought, opinion, maxim, intelligence," from root of gignoskein "to come to know" (see gnostic). English gnome meant "short, pithy statement of general truth" (1570s). Gnomical is attested from 1610s.