Space and Time in Ancient Greek Narrative

Space and Time in Ancient Greek Narrative

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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.How does poetic form or style relate to a shape that has physical dimensions, or that can be mapped out on the ... 25 The literary models of graph, diagram, and tree have recently been explored by Moretti 2005. On the relationship of literary models to maps, cf. Moretti 1998. On literature and spatial form, Frank ... 26 It is relevant that Homer depicts the gods a€œfashioninga€ and a€œconstructinga€ plots within the poems, using crafting vocabulary such as teuchE†o and artuE†o (Ford 1992, 37a€“ 9).

Title:Space and Time in Ancient Greek Narrative
Author:Alex C. Purves
Publisher:Cambridge University Press - 2010-03-22


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