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

Hardcover | March 1, 2003

EditorG. R. Boys-Stones

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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'. Theyexamine metaphor and allegory from a variety of perspectives and compare theory with ancient literary practice.

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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'. Theyexamine metaphor and allegory from a variety of p...

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

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:316 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.86 inPublished:March 1, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. G. R. Boys-Stones: Introduction2. Doreen Innes: Metaphor, simile, and allegory as ornaments of stylePart 1. Metaphor3. Christoph Leidl: The harlot's art. Metaphor and literary criticism4. E. E. Pender: Plato on metaphors and models5. Paul Crowther: Literary metaphor and philosophical insight. The significance of Archilochus6. G. E. R. Lloyd: The problem of metaphor. Chinese reflections7. Michael Silk: Metaphor and metonymy. Aristotle, Jakobson, Ricoeur, and othersPart 2. Allegory8. Andrew Laird: Figures of allegory from Homer to Latin epic9. Dirk Obbink: Allegory and exegesis in the Derveni papyrus. The origin of Greek scholarship10. G. R. Boys-Stones: The Stoics' two types of allegory11. Donald Russell: The rhetoric of the Homeric Problems12. Mark Edwards: Origen on Christ, tropology, and exegesis