The Model of the Philosopher in The Hieroglyphic History: the Cynical Wolf
Being aware of the fact that the wolf had a negative reputation, Dimitrie Cantemir chose to negotiate the symbolic tradition in order to highlight some traits that could be turned into positive features. So, he abandoned some sources and used only that ones which he could interpret as he liked to. The character is, in spite of the examples that insist upon his fierceness, the wisest among the other animals and a real scholar, being an adept of the cynical philosophical trend. Yet, he betrays sometimes the characteristics of this philosophy. In The Hieroglyphic History, the Wolf is a symbol of Reason.
Volume (Year): 1 (2011)
Issue (Month): (February)
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