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Birth of the symbol : ancient readers at the limits of their texts

Author: Peter T Struck
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In Birth of the Symbol, Peter Struck explores the ancient Greek literary critics and theorists who invented the idea of the poetic "symbol."" "A different group of Greek thinkers - the allegorists - were the first to develop the notion. Struck extensively revisits the work of the great allegorists, which has been underappreciated. He links their interest to symbolism to the importance of divination and magic in  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Allegories
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Peter T Struck
ISBN: 0691116970 9780691116976
OCLC Number: 51983222
Notes: Based on the author's thesis (doctoral)--University of Chicago.
Description: x, 316 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction : the genealogy of the symbolic --
Symbols and riddles : allegorical reading and the boundaries of the text --
Beginnings to 300 B.C.E. : meaning from the void of chance and the silence of the secret --
From the head of Zeus : the birth of the literary symbol --
Swallowed children and bound gods : the diffusion of the literary symbol --
300 B.C.E.-200 C.E. : the symbol as ontological signifier --
Iamblichus and the defense of ritual : talismanic symbols --
Moonstones and men that glow : Proclus and the talismanic signifier --
Epilogue : symbol traces : post-Proclean theories.
Responsibility: Peter T. Struck.
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Explores the ancient Greek literary critics and theorists who invented the idea of the poetic 'symbol'. This book notes that Aristotle and his followers did not discuss the use of poetic symbolism.  Read more...

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Winner of the 2007 Charles J. Goodwin Award of Merit "A rich and fascinating account of how the ideas of symbolism and allegorical reading developed over the course of classical antiquity. It is a Read more...

 
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