How Philosophers Saved Myths: Allegorical Interpretation and Classical Mythology (Paperback)Luc Brisson (author), Catherine Tihanyi (translator)
Paperback 221 Pages
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.
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Number of pages: 221
Weight: 340 g
Dimensions: 22 x 16 x 1 mm
"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 "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"
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