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

G. R. Boys-Stones


According to the theoretical accounts which survive in the rhetorical handbooks of antiquity, allegory is extended metaphor, or an extended series of metaphors; and both allegory and metaphor are linguistic ‘tropes’: their purpose is essentially ornamental. The distance posited here between meaning on the one hand and the form of its expression on the other has come under decisive attack in the work of 20th century theorists, who have argued for the central role of metaphor in the construction of meaning. But how far in fact do the rhetorical handbooks represent the scope and subtlety of ancie ... More

Keywords: metaphor, allegory, ancient rhetorical theory, trope, literary theory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780199240050
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199240050.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

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