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Daniel Orrells, Gurminder K. Bhambra, and Tessa Roynon

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199595006

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199595006.001.0001

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In the House of Libya

In the House of Libya

A Meditation

Chapter:
(p.190) (p.191) 11 In the House of Libya
Source:
African Athena
Author(s):

V. Y. Mudimbe

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199595006.003.0012

Reading an ancient Greek textbook such as Apollodorus’ Biblioteca is reading muthoi and logoi, myth and history of genesis in the Mediterranean basin. And focusing on Libya, the nymph and the place, is one possible way of decoding mediations in mythical narratives on the role of women. East and West, they express themselves in interactions between Greeks and non‐Greeks through migrations and colonizations. These muthoi and logoi are managed in confrontations as if, prolific testimonies, they could be their own explanation. They testify to unbelievable historical truths about the world within the boundaries of Greek imaginations.

Keywords:   genesis, Greek, Libya, mediations, Mediterranean basin, migration, mythical narratives

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