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Space and Time in Ancient Greek Narrative

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  • Date Published: May 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521190985

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  • In this wide-ranging survey of ancient Greek narrative from archaic epic to classical prose, Alex Purves shows how stories unfold in space as well as in time. She traces a shift in authorial perspective, from a godlike overview to the more focused outlook of human beings caught up in a developing plot, inspired by advances in cartography, travel, and geometry. Her analysis of the temporal and spatial dimensions of ancient narrative leads to new interpretations of important texts by Homer, Herodotus, and Xenophon, among others, showing previously unnoticed connections between epic and prose. Drawing on the methods of classical philology, narrative theory, and cultural geography, Purves recovers a poetics of spatial representation that lies at the core of the Greeks' conception of their plots.

    • First systematic study of relationship between space and narrative in Classics
    • Wide-ranging, combines readings of Homer, Herodotus, Xenophon
    • Reads development of narrative and emergence of prose in light of contemporary developments in science and geography
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    • Date Published: May 2010
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521190985
    • length: 286 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.59kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: the perfect surveyor
    1. The Eusynoptic Iliad: visualizing space and movement in the poem
    2. Paths and measures: epic space and the Odyssey
    3. The world in the hand: Anaximander, Pherecydes, and the invention of cartography
    4. Map and narrative: Herodotus' Histories
    5. Losing the way home: Xenophon's Anabasis
    6. Finding (things at) home: Xenophon's Oeconomicus.

  • Author

    Alex C. Purves , University of California, Los Angeles
    Alex Purves is Assistant Professor of Classics at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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