Chapter

Outline of an Approach

William G. Thalmann

in Apollonius of Rhodes and the Spaces of Hellenism

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780199731572
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199896752 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199731572.003.0001

Series: Classical Culture and Society

Outline of an Approach

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This chapter explains the concepts of space and place to be used in the book and distinguishes them from geography in the sense of a fixed or absolute space to be plotted on a map. Space can also be relative and relational. It is not just a setting for what people do; it is produced by human cultural activity and in turn it configures social and political relations. Space is thus a process and inseparable from time and history, and our understanding of space is essentially a narrative understanding (hence the relevance of spatial theory to this poem). Apollonius portrays a view of fixed space as reserved for the gods; it sets off by contrast the Argonauts’ actual experience of space as relative and relational. It is this latter concept of space that is central to the poem.

Keywords: space and spatial theory; place; time; geography

Chapter.  12145 words. 

Subjects: Classical History

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