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Riddles
(1,754 words)

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I. Definition

a) A riddle is an encrypted formulation, related to the figurative speech of metaphor and posing a question; its answer (= solution) requires - indeed, provokes - the memory and imagination of the person addressed; an analogical inference is generally helpful to finding the answer [1. 261]. The person who poses the riddle has superior knowledge; hence the addressee concedes expertise to that person or authority…

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Gärtner, Hans Armin (Heidelberg) and Böck, Barbara (Madrid), “Riddles”, 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 01 April 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e1018330>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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