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A Dictionary of Symbols

A Dictionary of Symbols

By: J. E. Cirlot

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Humans, it's said, are symbolizing animals. At every stage of civilization, people have relied on symbolic expression, and advances in science and technology have only increased our dependence on symbols. The language of symbols is considered a science, and this informative volume offers an indispensable tool in the study of symbology. It can be used as a reference or simply browsed for pleasure. Many of its entries — those on architecture, mandala, numbers, serpent, water, and zodiac, for example — can be read as independent essays. The vitality of symbology has never been greater: An essential part of the ancient arts of the Orient and of the Western medieval traditions, symbolism underwent a 20th-century revival with the study of the unconscious, both directly in the field of dreams, visions, and psychoanalysis, and indirectly in art and poetry. A wide audience awaits the assistance of this dictionary in elucidating the symbolic worlds encountered in both the arts and the history of ideas.

Reprint of the Philosophical Library, New York, 1971 edition.
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ISBN 100486425231
ISBN 139780486425238
Author/EditorJ. E. Cirlot
FormatBook
Page Count528
Dimensions5 3/8 x 8 1/2

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