In contrasting Origen and the rest of the Christian exegetical tradition prior to the advent of the historical-critical method to the allegorizations of pagan Greeks and even Philo, de Lubac shows that Christian reflection on the entrance of God into history in Jesus Christ provides the beginning of true historical consciousness.
Rudolf Voderholzer observes that the Church Fathers' "allegorizations (the term is Pauline: Gal 4:24) differ fundamentally from philosophical 'allegorizations' of the pagan myths precisely on account of their differing understanding of history" (Voderholzer, "Dogma and History," 660).
Leonard Barkan suggests, conceming Fulgentius' allegorizations, that "this response represents not only the 'scientific' impulse applied to myth; it is also a direct set of associations between metamorphosis and the generative impulses of nature and love." (32) Vatican Mythographer I, 197; II, 45 and III, 11, 17 draw upon Fulgentius's Mythologiae (33) and report the same account of the story, and naturalistic explanation.
Allegorizations of pagan texts served the purpose of adapting classical subjects for a Christian audience, interpreting pagan myths either in bono or in malo to reveal moral virtues or vices.
24 See the discussion in Clunies Ross, Skaldskaparamal (note 22), on the term nygervingar, literally "novelty" or "neologism," but in certain contexts explicitly concerned with allegorizations
of body parts (see esp.
While all aspects of the Orpheus myth and its implications, as well as its later medieval and Renaissance allegorizations
, are subjected to close scrutiny, the Jungian interpretation espoused by Robert Donington in The Rise of Opera (1981) is conspicuously absent.
Whether such an unorthodox order was used in manuscripts of Langland's day must be left to conjecture, though to my knowledge, no extant manuscripts interrupt plot summaries with allegorizations
. (19) MS 156, fo.
"Exploiting Ovid: Medieval Allegorizations
of the Metamorphoses." Medioevo Romanzo 14 (1989): 197-213.
In his interpretation of the text, Sponde constantly shuns the kind of allegorizations
of the Homeric tales that characterized many ancient and Renaissance discussions (such as those of the Catholic Jean Dorat, whose comments on the Odyssey have recently been examined by Philip Ford) of the texts.
She turns Oedipus back onto male historiography to allow its paranoias to be revealed: its allegorizations
of hierarchies of Fathers and Sons, its evaluative scales of Truth above fiction, its authorization of certain memories to be uncovered while censuring others.
They also each experienced profound spiritual conversion and adhered to Savonarola's program, and they each provided subsequent allegorizations
of their own works.
Blumenfeld-Kosinski states not only that this commentator introduces a hierarchy of interpretations into the lessons he derives from his Ovidian material but also that he shows a greater respect than his predecessors for his source, since his allegorizations
draw proper equivalencies between Ovid's mythical characters and figures from the Bible.
Indeed, Luther quotes Psalm 137 in this context, followed by a puzzling curse -- "May the Lord curse the barren willows of those streams!" -- which may be explained as an allusion to Christ's cursing of the barren fig tree in Matthew 20, interpreted through one of Augustine's peculiar allegorizations
from his commentary on Psalm 137 (Luther was, after all, an Augustinian friar).
Watkins presents an interesting review of the topos of female abandonment in writers following from Virgil, from Ovid's oppositional recasting of the Dido story, through Augustine's rejection of the Aeneid, the positive moral allegorizations
of Fulgentius and Bernard Silvestris, to Dante and Chaucer, and finally Ariosto and Tasso.
Published by Ediciones Tuero in Madrid (known by emblem specialists for their facsimile series), this work addresses European stereotypes of native Americans, including allegorizations
of "America," and the use of classical models in Renaissance imagery treating this subject.