How Philosophers Saved Myths: Allegorical Interpretation and Classical Mythology

How Philosophers Saved Myths: Allegorical Interpretation and Classical Mythology

by Luc Brisson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226075370

ISBN-13: 9780226075372

Pub. Date: 03/15/2008

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

In this concise but wide-ranging study, Luc Brisson describes how the myths of Greece and Rome were transmitted from antiquity to the Renaissance. He argues that philosophy was responsible for saving myth from historical annihilation. Although philosophy was initially critical of myth, mythology was progressively reincorporated into philosophy through allegory.

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In this concise but wide-ranging study, Luc Brisson describes how the myths of Greece and Rome were transmitted from antiquity to the Renaissance. He argues that philosophy was responsible for saving myth from historical annihilation. Although philosophy was initially critical of myth, mythology was progressively reincorporated into philosophy through allegory. Brisson reveals how philosophers employed allegory and how it enabled myth to take on a number of different interpretive systems throughout the centuries: moral, physical, psychological, political, and even metaphysical.
             “This wonderful book confirms Brisson’s status as one of the major authorities in the field of classical antiquity. Overall, and with this excellent translation, the book is invaluable.”—Choice
            “A compressed overview with moments of great insight. . . . Its strengths lie in the details Brisson is able to work into this brief treatment.”—Peter Struck, Journal of Religion

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226075372
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
03/15/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
221
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Translator's Note
Preface to the French Edition
Introduction
1. Muthos And Philosophia
2. Plato's Attitude toward Myth
3. Aristotle and the Beginnings Of Allegorical Exegesis
4. Stoics, Epicureans, and the New Academy
5. Pythagoreanism and Platonism
6. The Neoplatonic School of Athens
7. Byzantium and the Pagan Myths
8. The Western Middle Ages
9. The Renaissance
Conclusion
Index of Greek Terms
General Index

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