Apollonius of Rhodes and the Spaces of Hellenism (Classical by William G. Thalmann

By William G. Thalmann

even supposing Apollonius of Rhodes' notable epic poem at the Argonauts' quest for the Golden Fleece has began to get the eye it merits, it nonetheless isn't really renowned to many readers and students. This ebook explores the poem's relation to the stipulations of its writing in 3rd century BCE Alexandria, the place a multicultural setting reworked the Greeks' realizing of themselves and the area. Apollonius makes use of the assets of the mind's eye - the parable of the Argonauts' voyage and their encounters with different peoples - to probe the elevated percentages and the anxieties unfolded while definitions of Hellenism and limits among Greeks and others have been uncovered to question. primary to this predicament with definitions is the poem's illustration of area. Thalmann makes use of spatial theories from cultural geography and anthropology to argue that the Argo's itinerary defines house from a Greek viewpoint that's whilst certified. Its limits are uncovered, and the symptoms with which the Argonauts mark house by way of their passage defend the tales in their complicated interactions with non-Greeks. The ebook heavily considers many episodes within the narrative in regards to the Argonauts' redefinition of area and the consequences in their activities for the Greeks' state of affairs in Egypt, and it ends through contemplating Alexandria itself as an area that accommodated either Greek and Egyptian cultures.

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