Space in Ancient Greek Literature

The third volume of the Studies in Ancient Greek narrative deals with the narratological category of space: how is space, including objects which function as 'props', presented in narrative texts and what are its functions (thematic, ...

Author: I.J.F. de Jong

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004222571

Category: Literary Criticism

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The third volume of the Studies in Ancient Greek narrative deals with the narratological category of space: how is space, including objects which function as 'props', presented in narrative texts and what are its functions (thematic, symbolic, psychologising, or characterising).
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Space Place and Landscape in Ancient Greek Literature and Culture

This collection of essays produces new ways of understanding place, space, and landscape in classical Greek literature.

Author: Kate Gilhuly

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781107042124

Category: Architecture

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This book brings together a collection of original essays that engage with cultural geography and landscape studies to produce new ways of understanding place, space, and landscape in Greek literature from the fifth and fourth centuries BCE. The authors draw on an eclectic collection of contemporary approaches to bring the study of ancient Greek literature into dialogue with the burgeoning discussion of spatial theory in the humanities. The essays in this volume treat a variety of textual spaces, from the intimate to the expansive: the bedroom, ritual space, the law courts, theatrical space, the poetics of the city, and the landscape of war. And yet, all of the contributions are united by an interest in recuperating some of the many ways in which the ancient Greeks in the archaic and classical periods invested places with meaning and in how the representation of place links texts to social practices.
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Space Place and Landscape in Ancient Greek Literature and Culture

This volume examines how ancient Greeks of the archaic and classical period used geography in literary contexts, and how the representation of place in texts can be linked to contemporary social practices.

Author: Kate Gilhuly

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ISBN: 1316006506

Category: HISTORY

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"Landscape and place are currently important topics in the study of classical literature. This volume examines how ancient Greeks of the archaic and classical period used geography in literary contexts, and how the representation of place in texts can be linked to contemporary social practices. The contributors explore how the Greeks related to the spaces and places around them and how they invested these places with meaning. They use examples from key texts in ancient Greek literature and treat a variety of textual places, from the intimate to the expansive, including the bedroom, ritual space, law courts, theatrical space, the city, and the landscape of war. Collectively, the essays demonstrate the important relationships--such as body and place, landscape and identity, ritual and space--that emerge from close analysis of the texts"--
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Time and Space in Ancient Myth Religion and Culture

From Homer to Sophocles and Greek Middle Comedy, and from Plato and Protagoras to Ovid, this volume features a panoramic and cross-generic overview of the diverse handling and ad hoc elaboration of the overarching literary notions of "time" ...

Author: Anton Bierl

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 9783110535150

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 386

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From Homer to Sophocles and Greek Middle Comedy, and from Plato and Protagoras to Ovid, this volume features a panoramic and cross-generic overview of the diverse handling and ad hoc elaboration of the overarching literary notions of "time" and "space". The twenty-one contributions of this volume written by an international group of esteemed scholars provide an equal number of hermeneutic approaches to individual, distinct aspects of Greek and Latin literature. The volume is purposely designed not as a linear display of knowledge, but rather as an anthology of select paradigms that aim to demonstrate the multidimensional function and multifaceted role of the twin notions of "time" and "space" throughout ancient Greek and Latin literary texts. The volume opens with analyses of conspicuous cases from epic poetry, proceeds with examples from drama (tragedy and comedy), and concludes with diverse instances of chronotopes (empirical, imaginary, and even shifting ones), in various literary genres. The volume is of greatest relevance since it meets the cultural and theoretical trends of today’s Classics. It therefore will attract not only the interest of specialised Classicists but it is also intended for a wider general readership.
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The Hypertextual Underworld Exploring the Underworld as an Intertextual Space in Ancient Greek Literature

Underworld scenes condense the actions and themes of the main story into an abbreviated space while also situating their parent narratives within a dynamic historical and literary tradition.

Author: Suzanne Lye

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ISBN: OCLC:1047736052

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Representations of Hades, the Underworld, and the afterlife in ancient Greek literature have traditionally been studied from a religious or mythological perspective. Scholars have often tried to extrapolate historical practices and eschatological beliefs about life after death from accounts of rituals and myths surrounding funerary practices, cult beliefs, necromantic encounters, and descents by heroes to the Underworld. As a result of this focus, scholars have generally overlooked the narrative function of Underworld scenes. In this project, I examine ancient Underworld scenes from Homer to Plato as a type of literary device containing unique rhetorical features and functions. I argue that Underworld scenes are embedded authorial commentaries, which allow communication between author and audience in an exercise of narrative self-reflection. Underworld scenes condense the actions and themes of the main story into an abbreviated space while also situating their parent narratives within a dynamic historical and literary tradition. Through these scenes, authors and artists create networks of texts by including allusions and story patterns, which can activate similar tales of ghostly encounter (nekuia), underworld journeys (katabaseis), punishment for sinners, and rewards for the "blessed." Underworld scenes "open up" dialogues between texts and characters across time and space so they could engage with each other and their tradition. Thus, Homer could imagine Odysseus talking to the ghosts of Achilles and Agamemnon in the Odyssey as a contemplation of heroism, and Plato could imagine Socrates anticipating afterlife conversations about justice with Homer, Ajax and Orpheus in the Apology. Chapter 1 presents the parameters of Underworld scenes and the methodologies that will be used in analyzing these scenes. Chapter 2 examines the structure of Underworld scenes in early Archaic poetry as well as the distinct language and image set which allowed communication between authors and audiences. Chapter 3 shows how Greek epinician and lyric poets used Underworld scenes to assimilate their patrons to heroes who achieved a "blessed" afterlife. Chapter 4 focuses on the use of Underworld scenes on the dramatic stage and in funerary contexts in Classical Athens to portray and offer solutions to contemporary political and social issues. Finally, Chapter 5 explores famous Underworld episodes in Plato's dialogues and examines how Socrates uses Underworld scenes to overwrite traditional sources and redefine the afterlife as a stage of life, like childhood and old age.
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Landscape and the Spaces of Metaphor in Ancient Literary Theory and Criticism

Explores a new area of ancient literary theory and criticism by examining how landscape and metaphor shape discussions of style.

Author: Nancy Worman

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521769556

Category: Literary Collections

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Explores a new area of ancient literary theory and criticism by examining how landscape and metaphor shape discussions of style.
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Scale Space and Canon in Ancient Literary Culture

A history of ancient literary culture told through the quantitative facts of canon, geography, and scale.

Author: Reviel Netz

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781108481472

Category: History

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A history of ancient literary culture told through the quantitative facts of canon, geography, and scale.
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Erotic Geographies in Ancient Greek Literature and Culture

" The Athenians associated sexual behaviors with particular places and their inhabitants, and this book decodes the meaning of the sexualization of place and traces the repercussions of these projections.

Author: Kate Gilhuly

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351725859

Category: History

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Erotic Geographies in Ancient Greek Literature and Culture addresses the following question: how does a place "get a reputation?" The Athenians associated sexual behaviors with particular places and their inhabitants, and this book decodes the meaning of the sexualization of place and traces the repercussions of these projections. Focusing on Corinth, Sparta, and Lesbos, each section starts from the fact that there were comic joke words that made a verb out of a place name to communicate a sexual slur. Corinth was thought of as a hotbed of prostitution; Sparta was perceived as a hyper-masculine culture that made femininity a problem; Lesbos had varying historically determined connotations, but was always associated with uninhibited and adventurous sexuality. The cultural beliefs encoded in these sexualized stereotypes are unpacked. These findings are then applied to close readings, ultimately demonstrating how sensitivity to the erotics of place enables new interpretations of well-known texts. In the process of moving from individual word to culture to text, Erotic Geographies recovers a complex mode of identity construction illuminating the workings of the Athenian imaginary as well as the role of discourse in shaping subjectivity. Gilhuly brings together a deep engagement with the robust scholarly literature on sex and gender in Classics with the growing interest in cultural geography in a way that has never been done before.
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Landscapes Gender and Ritual Space

A thorough exploration of the idea of sacred space in Ancient Greece including prohibitions, ordainment, and requirements of sacred sites with a special focus on gendered space.

Author: Susan Guettel Cole

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520235441

Category: History

Page: 292

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A thorough exploration of the idea of sacred space in Ancient Greece including prohibitions, ordainment, and requirements of sacred sites with a special focus on gendered space.
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Time in Ancient Greek Literature

This is the second in a series of books which together will provide a history of ancient Greek (narrative) literature.

Author: Irene J. F. de Jong

Publisher: Brill Academic Pub

ISBN: UCSC:32106019226940

Category: History

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This is the second in a series of books which together will provide a history of ancient Greek (narrative) literature. The text traces the history of central narrative devices, such as the narrator and his narratees, time, focalisation, characterisation, and space.
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