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Apollonius of Rhodes and the Spaces of Hellenism$
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William G. Thalmann

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199731572

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199731572.001.0001

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Outline of an Approach

Outline of an Approach

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Apollonius of Rhodes and the Spaces of Hellenism
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William G. Thalmann

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199731572.003.0001

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

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