“Mirror, Mirror!” Speaking Objects and Speaking to Objects in the Classroom


Bronze mirror ca. 100 B.C.–A.D. 100. Accession Number: 74.51.5405 at the Met. The authors of ancient texts imagined that dead bodies, animals, statues, the Cross, cities, and sometimes abstract concepts speak. Anthropomorphism (or prosopopoeia) in those texts was often a rhetorical practice, while sometimes it reflects an understanding of reality and realism different than the…

“Mirror, Mirror!” Speaking Objects and Speaking to Objects in the Classroom

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