Spatial metaphors of the ancient world: theory and practice

Fabian Horn, Cilliers Breytenbach, Camilla Di Biase-Dyson*, Markus Egg, Therese Fuhrer, Verena Lobsien, Renate Schlesier, Jan Stenger, Beatrice Trînca

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Group C-2 of the Excellence Cluster 264 Topoi Space and Metaphor in Language, Cognition, and Texts is dedicated to the study of spatial metaphors and their functions in texts of different genres, languages, and epochs. This outline of the work of group C-2 takes as its point of departure and theoretical framework a general linguistic typology of spatial metaphors. This outline is followed by a series of case studies ranging from wisdom texts and philosophical treatises to tragedy and from Ancient Egyptian to Shakespearean English. These examples are aimed at illustrating both the challenges and the possibilities of the study and interpretation of spatial metaphors in their respective contexts.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)453-480
Number of pages28
JournaleTopoi: Journal for Ancient Studies
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes

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  • metaphor analysis
  • metaphor typology
  • spatial metaphors
  • orientational metaphors
  • conceptual metaphor theory
  • metaphorical spaces
  • spatial thinking


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