New Worlds from Old Texts: Revisiting Ancient Space and Place

Barker, Elton; Bouzarovski, Stefan; Isaksen, Leif and Pelling, Chris eds. (2016). New Worlds from Old Texts: Revisiting Ancient Space and Place. Oxford: Oxford University Press.




This volume brings together a wide range of different disciplinary approaches and evidence in order to investigate the topic of ancient Greek conceptions of space from a wide variety of different angles. Under investigation are an array of different ancient Greek genres, including the hymns (Thomas), Ionian science and Athenian tragedy (Ceccarelli), historiography (de Bakker, Rood, Barker and Pelling) and natural history (Stevens). Different methodologies from the disciplines of Classics, Geography and Archaeology are used, including digital resources (Barker and Isaksen, Foxhall et al.), network theory (Brughmans, Barker and Bouzarovski) and comparative literature (Murray and Haubold, Eide). But each contributor shares this volume’s common aim of investigating the ways in which spatial ideas are conceived of and represented in the ancient world, of considering to what extent network theory is a useful model to think with when dealing with geographical concepts in texts, and, more broadly, of reflecting on how these ancient texts might offer new ways of thinking about spatial ideas that differ from and challenge the visual media of our own contemporary culture and even the visualizing assumptions that a modern reader brings to a text.

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