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Riddles (ainígmata, grîphoi) are known from all periods of Greek from Homer onward; the most famous example is that of the Sphinx. These linguistically playful questions or statements requiring ingenuity to answer or interpret play a role in the classical symposium and are considered in connection with metaphors by Aristotle.

Riddles ‒ linguistically playful questions or statements that require ingenuity to answer or interpret ‒ are found the world over, part of both the carefree language of chi…

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Joshua T. Katz, “Riddles”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: First Last. Consulted online on 15 February 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_SIM_00000527>
First published online: 2013

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