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Metaphor, Allegory, and the Classical TraditionAncient Thought and Modern Revisions$
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G. R. Boys-Stones

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199240050

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199240050.001.0001

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Allegory and Exegesis in the Derveni Papyrus: The Origin of Greek Scholarship

Allegory and Exegesis in the Derveni Papyrus: The Origin of Greek Scholarship

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(p.177) 9 Allegory and Exegesis in the Derveni Papyrus: The Origin of Greek Scholarship
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Metaphor, Allegory, and the Classical Tradition
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Dirk Obbink

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199240050.003.0009

This chapter argues that the scholarly tradition of textual exegesis has pre-Classical roots in works whose purpose was religious or ritual. The Derveni papyrus exemplifies such work: its author ‘updates’ the Orphic text on which he comments and invests it with initiatory significance by reconfiguring it as cosmological allegory.

Keywords:   allegory, exegesis, Derveni, initiation

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