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Allegory (‎allēgoría), Ancient Theories of
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Allegory (allēgoría) in Greek is a philosophical and rhetorical method in the reading of literary, especially poetic, texts since the 6th c. BCE. This article discusses its various names, its development in relation to Greek cult, exegesis and philosophy, and its relationship to etymology and language theories.

The Greek word allēgoría was thought in antiquity to come from állaagoreúein ‘to say something else’ than what one really means (…

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Filippomaria Pontani, “Allegory (‎allēgoría), Ancient Theories of”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, General Editor: Georgios K. Giannakis. Consulted online on 28 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_COM_00000015>
First published online: 2013

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