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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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Apollonius of Rhodes and the Spaces of Hellenism

William G. Thalmann

Oxford University Press

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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