mythical geography

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‘Symbolic places that celebrate history and invest locations with mythical meaning provide a sense of identity in place and time; they fuse history and geography in terms of myth and memory’ (Azaryahu and Kellerman (1999) TIBG24, 1). ‘The Greeks used the mythical geography of their land to re-create a physical view of the past that their poets, priests and politicians used as a paradigm for contemporary behaviour, and they drew upon the world around them, not just to illustrate that past, but also in many ways to create it’ (J. Boardman2002). ‘Mythical geography is inherently holographic, in the sense that its interpretation is not tied to the identification of specific physical locations; each human being has the universe within himself and myths are meant to be discovered and understood by every one as if they had been created for him alone’ (C. Carpentier de Gourdon2002).

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