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Allegory
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ἀλληγορία (allēgoría; first documented as a rhetorical term in Cic. Att. 2,20,3), from ἀλληγορέω (allēgoréō; ‘I say something other [than I mean]’); Lat. translatio, inversio, immutatio, permutatio. In rhetoric, allegory does not refer to a hermeneutical method ( Allegorical poetry,  Allegoresis). Instead, rhetoric deals with the production of allegories and with their effectiveness as a strategy of argumentation ( argumentatio ). However, the rhetorical treatment of allegory also faces fundamental questions of language philosophy, such …

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Walde, Christine (Basle), “Allegory”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 12 December 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e115970>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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