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New Worlds from Old TextsRevisiting Ancient Space and Place$
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Elton Barker, Stefan Bouzarovski, Christopher Pelling, and Leif Isaksen

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199664139

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199664139.001.0001

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Map, Catalogue, Drama, Narrative

Map, Catalogue, Drama, Narrative

Representations of the Aegean Space

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(p.61) 3 Map, Catalogue, Drama, Narrative
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New Worlds from Old Texts
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Paola Ceccarelli

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199664139.003.0004

This chapter looks at how perceptions of the Aegean space change as they are conveyed across different ‘genres’ (visual images, such as the map attributed to the Milesian philosopher Anaximander; catalogue texts, as represented by the Periegesis of Hecataeus; drama, and in particular Aeschylus’ Persians; and prose narrative, specifically Herodotus’ Histories) and across time (from the mid-sixth century to the end of the fifth century BC, a period marked by a significant recalibration in the balance of power in this area). What emerges is the strong influence of genre, as well as the contingent historical situation, on the perception (and presentation) of this disputed space.

Keywords:   Herodotus, tragedy, map, symbolic mapping, catalogue, periegesis, Aegean Sea, borders, East–West polarity

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