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If understood in the sense of everyday, unreflected experience of the interpretation of texts, hermeneutics existed in antiquity no less than it did later; however, hermeneutics taken as the systematic elaboration of a set of rules to control and guide the interpretation was not created until early modern times [5]. Originally, the semantic field ἑρμηνεύειν (hermēneúein) means ‘to express, translate’ [17], and only acquires the metaphorical meaning ‘to interpret’ in Plato [12]. Aristotle's Περὶ ἑρμηνείας (Perì hermēneías, De interpretatione) is a theory of …

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Most, Glenn W. (Heidelberg), “Hermeneutics”, 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 23 October 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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