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How Philosophers Saved Myths: Allegorical Interpretation and Classical Mythology

Luc Brisson


This study explains how the myths of Greece and Rome were transmitted from antiquity to the Renaissance. The book argues that philosophy was ironically responsible for saving myth from historical annihilation. Although philosophy was initially critical of myth because it could not be declared true or false and because it was inferior to argumentation, mythology was progressively reincorporated into philosophy through allegorical exegesis. The book shows to what degree allegory was employed among philosophers and how it enabled myth to take on a number of different interpretive systems througho ... More

Keywords: myth, antiquity, Greece, Rome, allegory, Neoplatonism, Middle Ages, Renaissance, Christianity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780226075358
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226075389.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Luc Brisson, author