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Metaphor, Allegory, and the Classical TraditionAncient Thought and Modern Revisions$
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G. R. Boys-Stones

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199240050

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199240050.001.0001

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The Stoics' Two Types of Allegory *

The Stoics' Two Types of Allegory *

(p.189) 10 The Stoics' Two Types of Allegory*
Metaphor, Allegory, and the Classical Tradition

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All Stoics viewed Greek mythology as a complex historical accretion of material, which their multi-faceted exegetical approach, exemplified in Cornutus, is designed to unpick. The early Stoics believe that none of these influences was deliberately formulated as allegory, but later Stoics think that the kernel of the tradition was so formulated. They explain the philosopher’s attraction to allegory in various ways, including the fact that allegory reflects and expresses most accurately the structure of nature itself.

Keywords:   allegory, philosophy, Stoics, Cornutus, mythology

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