Locus Amoenus / Loca Sancta

Scott Fitzgerald Johnson

in Literary Territories

Published in print February 2016 | ISBN: 9780190221232
Published online January 2016 | e-ISBN: 9780190221256 | DOI:
Locus Amoenus / Loca Sancta

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This chapter offers a close reading of a fifth-century work of hagiography, called The Life and Miracles of Thekla. The chapter analyzes the work from the point of view of the geographical orientation of specific miracles Thekla is said to have worked. The geographical imagination of the author arranges the miracles in concentric circles based upon his local knowledge of the region. This close reading is a practical example of using “cartographical thinking” to understand late antique literature. The chapter then proposes some more general conclusions about how the Miracles of Thekla intersects with broader trends in literary geography in Late Antiquity.

Keywords: Late Antiquity; early Christianity; Thecla (or Thekla); saints; pilgrimage; literature; hagiography

Chapter.  8112 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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