Perhaps Erasmus owed the phrase to Valla and his apologias against Poggio Bracciolini (1452-53).
Erasmus uses this form throughout his apologias against Beda (LB, 9: 442-719) and in a number of letters (Ep.
So the expression "sutorium atramentum" in the colloquy is highly allusive: referring to Sutor (and to his charges against Erasmus as laid down in his Apologia in nou os Anticomaritas), it also implies the notion that he was a perverse, unreliable, and infamous fellow.
In his Apologia against Lee's invectives (March 1520) Erasmus protested that the passage in the Colloquies was not obscene at all, arguing that it is not indecent to refer to the buttocks.
Apologia qua respondet duabus inuectiuis Eduardi Lei.
If anything, Miles concedes too much to the historical critics by his exhaustive apologias
for his method; readers with a working knowledge of medieval art and baroque music are willing to grant a modern scholar poetic license.
Her accusation that Haynes and Klehr were a fascist Leviathan with their tentacles writhing in every right-wing plot of the past four decades appeared in The Nation, which, because it has 70 years of Stalinist apologias
to justify, unsurprisingly offers some of the most die-hard resistance to the new Cold War scholarship.