Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics

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This article examines the various applications of the theory of conceptual metaphor to Ancient Greek.

The theory of conceptual metaphor (Metaphor, Ancient Theories of) has been spawned by G. Lakoff and M. Johnson’s (1980) milestone book Metaphors we live by (new edition 2003). According to Lakoff & Johnson, people conceptualize many abstract semantic domains metaphorically, i.e., in terms of concrete semantic domains more tied to our bodily experience, and such metaphoric thinking is said …

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Andrea Sansò, “Metaphor”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, General Editor: Georgios K. Giannakis. Consulted online on 02 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_SIM_00000495>
First published online: 2013

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