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24 A L I G H I E R I FA M I LY ———. Problemi di critica dantesca: seconda serie (1920–1937). Florence: Sansoni, 1964, pp. 329–370. Chimenz, S. A. “Alighieri, Dante. ” In Dizionario biografico degli italiani. Vol. 2. Rome: Istituto della Enciclopedia italiana, 1960–, pp. 385–451. Cursietti, Mauro. l. a. falsa tenzone di Dante con Forese Donati. Anzio: De Rubeis, 1995. Zingarelli, Nicola. Dante. Milan: Vallardi, 1899. in particular Chaps. 1, 2, and 10. John C. Barnes Allegory a strategy either one of composition and interpretation, allegory is located in the course of the Western culture from Homer to the current. If we comprehend allegory as medieval writers did—that is, as verbal expression during which “one factor is related, one other signified”—then allegory is hired in the majority of Dante’s works, from the Vita Nuova and the lyrics to the Monarchia; Dante’s masterpiece within the mode, the Commedia, is arguably the most compelling situations ever wrought. within the lengthy background of research of Dante, scrutiny of the poet’s allegory has raised primary questions, from the prestige of truth-claims for the Commedia to the problematics of illustration inherent in language. Medieval Traditions of Allegory The be aware allegoria comes from the Greek allosagoeurein, “to communicate in other places than within the agora”—thus to talk secretly or obliquely. It first appears to be like in Latin in rhetorical treatises round the starting of the Christian period, the place it refers to prolonged metaphor: Quintilian’s instance is Horace’s “ship of nation” (Odes 1. 14. 1ff. ; cf. Purg. 6. 76). no longer lengthy earlier than (first century B. C. E. ), the time period have been followed by means of Hellenistic literary critics for philosophical interpretation of the Homeric narratives, a tradition that antedated Plato and that served, early within the first century C. E. , because the version for the platonizing interpretations of the outdated testomony through Philo of Alexandria. by way of the early centuries of the Christian period, the time period is used to explain hidden meanings of the Bible, specifically prefigurations of Christ and Christianity held to be implicit within the outdated testomony, following various gospel passages (e. g. , Luke 24:44; John 5:38) and following Paul’s account of the consorts of Abra- ham in Gal. four. 21–26, the place the slave Hagar and the freewoman Sarah are stated to symbolize, “by allegory” (per allegoriam) Jews below the legislation and Christians freed from the legislation (this is the only real incidence of the be aware within the New Testament). The giant Greek exegetical legacy of Origen (second to 3rd centuries)—especially his threefold department of scripture into historic, ethical, and non secular senses—was formed for Latin Christians by means of Jerome and Augustine right into a “figural” or “typological” process (fourth to 5th centuries). The textual content of the Bible narrated ancient occasions and observed issues within the created international themselves significant: Christ is adumbrated by way of such previous testomony patriarchs as Adam, Abel, and Isaac, in addition to by means of the brazen serpent raised aloft by means of Moses (Num. 21:8–9). hence scriptural allegory used to be of occasions ordained and issues made via God (in factis), no longer basically issues stated, as in human speech or writing (in verbis).

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