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Linear and Cyclical
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I. Metaphor and Stereotype – II. History of Ancient Religion and Ideas

I. Metaphor and Stereotype

The image of the straight line and the circle is used to describe experiences and conceptions of time and history (History/Concepts of History) in a simple and graphic manner, though not necessarily clearly and correctly. In a “pre-philosophical” system of classification and valuation, thought patterns, artistic styles, and even entire …

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Cancik, Hubert, “Linear and Cyclical”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 15 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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