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The Metaphor After Aristotle

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This chapter considers the explanation of the metaphor given in the Rhetorica ad Herennium with reference to the English translation by Harry Caplan. In the description of the metaphor given in the Rhetorica ad Herennium Peripatetic doctrine occurs, but it is an elaboration by the Rhodian scholars Athenaeus of Naucratis and Apollonius Molon, according to the hypothesis of Karl Barwick which the author has accepted and as, more recently, Ilaria Torzi has discussed and confirmed. The author suggests the idea to unify the doctrine of figures under the overall concept of the metaphor. He agrees with Torzi but would like to add a couple of considerations, which concern a use of grammar, which invades the field of rhetoric and the return to Aristotle’s theory. In conclusion the author says that some aspects of the post-Aristotelian development of the metaphor are clear enough thanks to the PHamb. 128.

Keywords: Aristotle’s theory; Ilaria Torzi; metaphor; peripatetic doctrine; PHamb. 128; Rhetorica ad Herennium; Rhodian scholars



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