Apollonius of Rhodes and the Spaces of Hellenism (Classical by William G. Thalmann

By William G. Thalmann

Even supposing Apollonius of Rhodes' impressive epic poem at the Argonauts' quest for the Golden Fleece has all started to get the eye it merits, it nonetheless isn't really popular to many readers and students. This booklet explores the poem's relation to the stipulations of its writing in 3rd century BCE Alexandria, the place a multicultural atmosphere reworked the Greeks' realizing of themselves and the area. Apollonius makes use of the assets of the mind's eye - the parable of the Argonauts' voyage and their encounters with different peoples - to probe the increased probabilities and the anxieties spread out while definitions of Hellenism and bounds among Greeks and others have been uncovered to query. vital to this main issue with definitions is the poem's illustration of area. Thalmann makes use of spatial theories from cultural geography and anthropology to argue that the Argo's itinerary defines area from a Greek point of view that's whilst certified. Its limits are uncovered, and the indicators with which the Argonauts mark area through their passage look after the tales in their complicated interactions with non-Greeks. The booklet heavily considers many episodes within the narrative in regards to the Argonauts' redefinition of area and the results in their activities for the Greeks' scenario in Egypt, and it ends via contemplating Alexandria itself as an area that accommodated either Greek and Egyptian cultures.

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Cf. Nagy 1979: 339–40. The Hellespont’s name marks the danger of the pontos when it is not successfully brought under the control of human culture by Poros. 13. Cf. 540–46) sets the significance of the entire voyage.

And again, “the spatial order of human existence arises from the (social) production of space, the construction of human geographies that both reflect and configure being in the world” (1989: 58 and 25 respectively). OUTLINE OF AN APPROACH 15 3. Space is therefore not lifeless, or reducible to a surface to be traveled across and perhaps conquered, or to be measured and divided into discrete and discontinuous units (house, neighborhood, city, region, nation). 39 This is, of course, the crux of the whole question of space; one could not adopt any of the other propositions listed here (except, perhaps, the sixth) without accepting this one.

66.  . a process whereby the reproduction of social and cultural forms, the formation of biographies, and the transformation of nature ceaselessly become one another at the same time that time-space specific activities and power relations ceaselessly become one another” (282). 67. Tuan 1977: 38. ” 68. See Tuan 1978b: 12, who uses the example of the commute to and from work: “Going to work is a move outward and forward into the future; returning home, by contrast, is going back in space and time.

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