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Time, Place, and Space: Constantine the Great

Alastair Matthews

in The Kaiserchronik

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780199656998
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191742187 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199656998.003.0002

Series: Oxford Modern Languages and Literature Monographs

Time, Place, and Space: Constantine the Great

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This chapter investigates how the temporal and spatial world of the narrative is configured in the episode about Constantine the Great in the Kaiserchronik. The chapter describes how medieval texts engaged with time, place, and space, as well as how modern theorists have approached them. It then shows that time in this episode of the Kaiserchronik is presented as something that characters experience and think about, in contrast to other vernacular versions of Constantine's conversion experience such as Priester Konrad's sermon. The chapter also demonstrates with reference to Constantinople that concepts of place and movement define this episode of the Kaiserchronik, which lacks the detailed depiction of city spaces found in several other medieval texts such as the Mirabilia Romae.

Keywords: time; place; space; chronotope; constantine; Sylvester; Priester Konrad

Chapter.  11211 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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