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Metaphors Cicero lived by : The Role of Metaphor and Simile in De senectute

Sjöblad, Aron LU (2009) In Studia Graeca et Latina Lundensia 16.
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This dissertation examines the function of metaphor and simile in Cicero’s dialogue De senectute. For this purpose, it employs Lakoff-Johnsonian metaphor theory and compares the metaphorical concepts that the scholars of that tradition have found in English with the metaphors found in Cicero’s text. Many languages are being investigated today by scholars who use this theory, and differences and similarities are being explored. This thesis intends to establish a method for applying Lakoff-Johnsonian research to classical Latin. In the first main chapter, the metaphorical source domains and their connections to different target domains are listed and analyzed. The study tries to ascertain why the connections look... (More)
Abstract



This dissertation examines the function of metaphor and simile in Cicero’s dialogue De senectute. For this purpose, it employs Lakoff-Johnsonian metaphor theory and compares the metaphorical concepts that the scholars of that tradition have found in English with the metaphors found in Cicero’s text. Many languages are being investigated today by scholars who use this theory, and differences and similarities are being explored. This thesis intends to establish a method for applying Lakoff-Johnsonian research to classical Latin. In the first main chapter, the metaphorical source domains and their connections to different target domains are listed and analyzed. The study tries to ascertain why the connections look the way they do. The second main chapter shows that the metaphorical target domains are often linked to a large number of source domains. The general role of metaphors and similes in Cicero’s reasoning is scrutinized, and the author argues that Cicero’s account of the ideas in the dialogue cannot be separated from the metaphors that are employed to express these ideas. The survey also ties clusters of metaphors together into coherent systems, and a large number of metaphors are traced back to authors earlier than Cicero. (Less)
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  • Ph.D. Lowe, Nick J, University of London
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Latin, Lakoff, Cicero, Johnson, ‘On Old Age’, Metaphor, De senectute, Kövecses
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Studia Graeca et Latina Lundensia
volume
16
pages
209 pages
publisher
Centre for Languages and Literature, Lund University
defense location
Edens hörsal, Paradisgatan 5, Lund
defense date
2009-05-25 10:15
ISSN
1100-7931
ISBN
978-91-628-7799-6
language
English
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yes
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  title        = {Metaphors Cicero lived by : The Role of Metaphor and Simile in De senectute},
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