Space and Time in Ancient Greek Narrative 

Space and Time in Ancient Greek Narrative pdf

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Alex Purves shows how stories unfold in space and time in this wide-ranging survey of ancient Greek narrative from ancient epic to classical prose. 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 ancient narrative’s temporal and spatial dimensions leads to new interpretations of essential 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.

Space and Time in Ancient Greek Narrative

Author(s): Alex C. Purves

Year: 2010

ISBN: 9780521190985


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