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Hercules, silenus and the fly : Lucian's rhetorical paradoxes in Erasmus' ethics

Elisa Bacchi (UGent)
(2019) PHILOSOPHICAL READINGS. 11(2). p.120-130
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Starting from the fierce conflict between Desiderius Erasmus and Martin Luther, my contribution aims to show the rhetorical genesis of Erasmus' reflection on ethics. Specifically, I will focus on the fact that some of the most significant and recurrent metaphors in Erasmus' moral and theological meditation (e.g. Hercules, Silenus and the fly) trace their roots back to the work of Lucian of Samosata. Against this background, it will be possible to investigate the fundamental role of the Lucianic attitude in defining some key-concepts of Erasmus' thought, such as the rhetorical concepts of festivitas and persona. Moreover, I will demonstrate how these concepts become the starting point of Erasmus' silenic moral, modelled on the sophistic ability to transform relations and proportions between things by using words.
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Desiderius Erasmus, Martin Luther, Lucian of Samosata, Rhetoric, Festivitas, Ethics

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Bacchi, Elisa. “Hercules, Silenus and the Fly : Lucian’s Rhetorical Paradoxes in Erasmus’ Ethics.” PHILOSOPHICAL READINGS, vol. 11, no. 2, 2019, pp. 120–30.
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Bacchi, E. (2019). Hercules, silenus and the fly : Lucian’s rhetorical paradoxes in Erasmus’ ethics. PHILOSOPHICAL READINGS, 11(2), 120–130.
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Bacchi, Elisa. 2019. “Hercules, Silenus and the Fly : Lucian’s Rhetorical Paradoxes in Erasmus’ Ethics.” PHILOSOPHICAL READINGS 11 (2): 120–30.
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Bacchi, Elisa. 2019. “Hercules, Silenus and the Fly : Lucian’s Rhetorical Paradoxes in Erasmus’ Ethics.” PHILOSOPHICAL READINGS 11 (2): 120–130.
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Bacchi E. Hercules, silenus and the fly : Lucian’s rhetorical paradoxes in Erasmus’ ethics. PHILOSOPHICAL READINGS. 2019;11(2):120–30.
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E. Bacchi, “Hercules, silenus and the fly : Lucian’s rhetorical paradoxes in Erasmus’ ethics,” PHILOSOPHICAL READINGS, vol. 11, no. 2, pp. 120–130, 2019.
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  issn         = {{2036-4989}},
  journal      = {{PHILOSOPHICAL READINGS}},
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  language     = {{eng}},
  number       = {{2}},
  pages        = {{120--130}},
  title        = {{Hercules, silenus and the fly : Lucian's rhetorical paradoxes in Erasmus' ethics}},
  url          = {{http://dx.doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.2554134}},
  volume       = {{11}},
  year         = {{2019}},
}

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