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Literary TerritoriesCartographical Thinking in Late Antiquity$
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Scott Fitzgerald Johnson

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190221232

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190221232.001.0001

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Locus Amoenus / Loca Sancta

Locus Amoenus / Loca Sancta

(p.61) 3 Locus Amoenus / Loca Sancta
Literary Territories

Scott Fitzgerald Johnson

Oxford University Press

This chapter offers a close reading of a fifth-century work of hagiography, called The Life and Miracles of Thekla. The chapter analyzes the work from the point of view of the geographical orientation of specific miracles Thekla is said to have worked. The geographical imagination of the author arranges the miracles in concentric circles based upon his local knowledge of the region. This close reading is a practical example of using “cartographical thinking” to understand late antique literature. The chapter then proposes some more general conclusions about how the Miracles of Thekla intersects with broader trends in literary geography in Late Antiquity.

Keywords:   Late Antiquity, early Christianity, Thecla (or Thekla), saints, pilgrimage, literature, hagiography

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