How philosophers saved myths : allegorical interpretation and classical mythology /

Main Author: Brisson, Luc.
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2004.
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Brisson (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris) presents another excellent book on ancient philosophy and myth. Author of Plato the Myth Maker (1998), Brisson broadens his search and offers an interesting, highly original argument: although initially critical of myth because of its inability to carry argumentation and thus its marked irrationality, philosophy almost immediately recognized that myth is indispensable as the repository of higher truth. Thus philosophy incorporated myth and saved it from disappearing. Allegory was one of the various forms taken by this type of exegesis. In his brilliant and lively book, Brisson follows the history of the link between myth and philosophy all the way up to the Renaissance. 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. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above; general readers. S. Correa College of Mount St. Joseph

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