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The Dynamics of an Ancient and Medieval Technique

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ISBN 9780674862883

Publication Date: 07/06/1987

281 pages


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  • Preface
  • Abbreviations
  • I. The Allegorical Problem
  • II. Ancient Configurations
    • Homeric Origins: Goddess, Man, Passion
    • Pre-Socratic Gods; Platonic Soul
    • Stoic Cosmology: Physis and Mythos
    • Stoic Psychology: Logos and Pathos
    • Epic Modulations and Virgil’s “Marriage”
  • III. Rites of Passage: Transitions between Antiquity and the Middle Ages
    • The Early Christian Milieu: Text, Being, Time
    • Origen’s Descent; Antony’s Ascent
    • Augustine and Prudentius: Digressions and Progressions
    • Macrobius’ Dream; Martianus’ Awakening
    • Fulgentius and Boethius: Inversions and Conversions
  • IV. Ages of Renewal: The Early Medieval Period
    • God’s Books and Bede’s Tropes
    • Raban Maur’s Spring; A Carolingian “Revival”
    • Eriugena’s Theophany
  • V. Twelfth-Century Genesis
    • Movements of Regeneration
    • Matter: The Conservation of Power
    • Creation: The Delegation of Power
  • VI. The Allegory of Creation: The Cosmographia
  • Afterword
  • Appendix I: On the History of the Term “Allegory”
  • Appendix II: On the History of the Term “Personification”
  • Index

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