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New Worlds from Old Texts: Revisiting Ancient Space and Place

Elton Barker, Stefan Bouzarovski, Christopher Pelling, and Leif Isaksen


Despite earlier expectations that globalization would eradicate the need for geographical space and distance, ‘maps matter’ today in ways that were unimaginable a mere two decades ago. In contrast to the traditional ‘topographic’ perspective, the territorial extent of economic and political realms is being increasingly conceived though a ‘topological’ lens, in which the nature and frequency of links among different sites matter more than the physical distances between them. This book responds to these analytical and methodological challenges by focusing on the ancient Greek experience, conceiv ... More

Keywords: geography, space, Herodotus, mapping, topological, Greek literature, Greek history, digital humanities, spatial humanities

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Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199664139
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199664139.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elton Barker, editor
Reader in Classical Studies, The Open University
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Stefan Bouzarovski, editor
Professor of Geography, University of Manchester

Christopher Pelling, editor
Professor of Greek, University of Oxford
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Elton Barker, Stefan Bouzarovski, and Leif Isaksen

Part I Texts, Maps, Ideas: Ancient Greek Representations of Space

1 Greek Hymnic Spaces

Oliver Thomas

4 An Uneasy Smile

Mathieu de Bakker

Part II The Hestia Project: Towards a Narrative Geography of Herodotus’ Histories

7 Between East and West

Stefan Bouzarovski and Elton Barker

8 Telling Stories with Maps

Elton Barker, Leif Isaksen, and Jessica Ogden

9 Space-travelling in Herodotus Book 5

Elton Barker and Christopher Pelling

Part III Technologies, Methodologies, Theories: Contemporary Approaches to Mapping Space

10 Pots in Space

Tom Brughmans and Jeroen Poblome

11 Tracing Networks

Lin Foxhall, Katharina Rebay-Salisbury, et al.*

13 A View from the Boundary

Christopher Pelling