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The World UnderfootMosaics and Metaphor in the Greek Symposium$
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Hallie M. Franks

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190863166

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190863166.001.0001

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The Journey Out

The Journey Out

Symposium at Sea

2 The Journey Out
The World Underfoot

Hallie M. Franks

Oxford University Press

This chapter takes as its subject exotic mosaic imagery that is not easily identified as “sympotic” through an association with Dionysos. It argues that exotic imagery, particularly when paired with nautical or watery themes (as in examples at Eretria and Sikyon), refers to distant parts of the world that are accessed by a journey over the Ocean. During the symposium, this imagery, in combination with the prescribed movement of the wine cup as it “sails” in circles around the perimeter of the room, prompts the metaphorical experience, amply attested in literary sources, of the symposium as a journey at sea.

Keywords:   symposium-at-sea, sailing, periplous, griffin, Arimasp, Ethiopian, Eretria, Sikyon, Skylla, Ocean

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