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The parable (Greek parabolḗ, Latin parabola: 'comparison', from parabállein: 'to juxtapose') is a genuinely Enlightenment genre, typical of the literature of both the late 18th cent. and the first half of the 20th cent.: for the former it was a “Hebel der Erkenntnis” ["lever of knowledge"] (Gotthold Ephraim Lessing) and for the latter its criticism (Brecht, Kafka). Parables are characterized as a textual corpus in five ways: 1. by their self-contained nature: from the 17th cent. on, ther…

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Elm, Dorothee, “Parable”, 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 28 January 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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