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The World UnderfootMosaics and Metaphor in the Greek Symposium$
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Hallie M. Franks

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190863166

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190863166.001.0001

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Conclusion

Conclusion

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Conclusion
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The World Underfoot
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Hallie M. Franks

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190863166.003.0007

Drawing in particular from Henri Lefebvre’s theory of space and its production—according to which space is conceived as a network of relations between perceived, conceived, and lived experiences—the conclusion situates the arguments of the previous chapters in relationship to the function of the symposium as a social practice. The mosaics, by actively participating in the construction of spatial metaphors, played a crucial role in facilitating the intellectual transformation central to the symposium experience and in creating and solidifying social bonds among the participants. These conclusions suggest that the andron served as a social space in more complex ways than previously understood.

Keywords:   Henri Lefebvre, commensality, symposium, citizenship, hetairoi, polis

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