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Metaphor, Allegory, and the Classical Tradition Ancient Thought and Modern Revisions

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Lingua: Inglese
Pubblicazione: 03/2003


How closely do the theoretical notions of "metaphor" and "allegory" developed by ancient rhetoricians reflect the practice of Classical writers? This question is tackled through eleven new papers by a team of distinguished academics. Ancient theories of metaphor are compared with twentieth-century alternatives; theory is tested against practice; and allegory--a distinctive though neglected feature of ancient literature and philosophy--is explored against the background of the rhetoricians' claim that it is one form of metaphor.

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According to the theoretical accounts which survive in the rhetorical handbooks of antiquity, allegory is extended metaphor, or an extended series of metaphors. This volume provides a critical discussion of ancient definitions of allegory and metaphor as merely ornamental 'tropes'. They examine metaphor and allegory from a variety of perspectives and compare theory with ancient literary practice.


1 - Introduction
2 - Metaphor, simile, and allegory as ornaments of style
3 - The harlot's art. Metaphor and literary criticism
4 - Plato on metaphors and models
5 - Literary metaphor and philosophical insight. The significance of Archilochus
6 - The problem of metaphor. Chinese reflections
7 - Metaphor and metonymy. Aristotle, Jakobson, Ricoeur, and others
8 - Figures of allegory from Homer to Latin epic
9 - Allegory and exegesis in the Derveni papyrus. The origin of Greek scholarship
10 - The Stoics' two types of allegory
11 - The rhetoric of the Homeric Problems
12 - Origen on Christ, tropology, and exegesis


G. R. Boys-Stones is Lecturer in Classics at the University of Durham

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Condizione: Nuovo
Dimensioni: 223 x 21.8 x 143 mm Ø 494 gr
Formato: Copertina rigida
Pagine Arabe: 316

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