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1. Concept

“Allegory”, derived in Early New High German from the Greek/Latin allēgoría (“speak otherwise”), is a pictorial or figurative representation referring to a concept or occurrence. The sense is transferred, and the means for the allegory’s essential decryption provided, with the help of some kind of similarity (Lat. similitudo), or the contrary in the case of an ironic representation (Lat. contrarium), linking the emblematic image (Lat. res signi…

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Appuhn-Radtke, Sibylle, “Allegory”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Executive editor of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy. Consulted online on 24 March 2018 <>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160321

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