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1. Concept

“Allegory”, derived in Early New High German from the Greek/Latin allēgoría (“speak otherwise”), is a pictorial or figurative representation referring to a concept or occurrence. The sense is transferred, and the means for the allegory’s essential decryption provided, with the help of some kind of similarity (Lat. similitudo), or the contrary in the case of an ironic representation (Lat. contrarium), linking the emblematic image (Lat. res significans) …

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Appuhn-Radtke, Sibylle, “Allegory”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 21 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_016714>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160321

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