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Apollonius of Rhodes and the Spaces of Hellenism
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Apollonius of Rhodes and the Spaces of Hellenism

William G. Thalmann

Abstract

This book draws on theories of space in cultural geography and anthropology to study the representation of space in Apollonius of Rhodes’ epic poem, the Argonautika. In Apollonius’s narrative, the voyage of the Argo in quest of the Golden Fleece defines a space with mainland Greece as its center, and Greek culture provides the perspective through which the Argonauts’ experiences are principally portrayed. At the same time, the poem shows clearly the limits of Greek mastery of space. Some areas cannot be incorporated into Greek space, and in some episodes space is marked with signs that preserv ... More

Keywords: Apollonius of Rhodes, Argonautica, space and spatial theory, Hellenistic period, Alexandria, Egypt, Greek cultural identity, Ptolemaic Egypt

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199731572
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199731572.001.0001

Authors

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William G. Thalmann, author
University of Southern California
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