Anna Olegivna Lagutina
Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv




The study presents the results of the peculiarities’ analysis of the metaphorical verbalization of the concept LOVE based on the texts of Ancient Greek Theocritus, Moschus and Bion’s idylls. The study of the peculiarities of the representation of the concept LOVE on the material of Ancient Greek texts is of a particular interest to researchers, as it allows to to model the linguoconceptosphere of the Ancient Greek language speakers. The metaphor in the works of bucolic poets reflects both the general cognition of the feeling of love and the authors’ own cognition. The paper presents a brief overview of the phenomenon of love in Ancient Greece through the prism of Ancient Greek literature, which doubtlessly influenced the works of the idylls’ authors. As a result, the main models of metaphorical transference, which were used to represent the concept LOVE, were singled out and analysed by the source domain. The analysis showed that the most productive of them are: “love is disease”, “love is fire”, “love is deity” and “love is gustatory / physical perception”. Features of the metaphorical representation of the concept LOVE are caused by Greeks’ mythological ideas, the philosophical tradition and established in Ancient Greek culture customs. The concept LOVE in the three studied authors is presented in the same way, which gives us the reason to believe that Moschus and Bion creatively imitated Theocritus.

Kee words: Ancient Greek idylls, concept LOVE, metaphorical model, source domain, Theocritus, Moschus, Bion.


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