The introduction considers how the permanent iconography of the andron interacts with the performances and prescribed movements of the symposium, and it sets up the book’s theoretical foundation, which incorporates discourses in the anthropology and sociology of space and the cultural role of metaphor. It also briefly describes the andron as the setting for the symposium, as well as the significance that the symposium held as a departure from quotidian existence. Further, the introduction lays out the central thesis of the book, which argues that these various interactions between space, imagery, and experience facilitate the imagining of the symposium as a metaphor for other kinds of movement, including travel over the world, rhythmic circularity, and travel through time.
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