Myths on the Map: The Storied Landscapes of Ancient Greece by Greta HawesMyths on the Map: The Storied Landscapes of Ancient Greece by Greta Hawes

Myths on the Map: The Storied Landscapes of Ancient Greece

EditorGreta Hawes

Hardcover | July 15, 2017

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Polybius boldly declared that 'now that all places have become accessible by land or sea, it is no longer appropriate to use poets and writers of myth as witnesses of the unknown" (4.40.2). And yet, in reality, the significance of myth did not diminish as the borders of the known worldexpanded. Storytelling was always an inextricable part of how the ancient Greeks understood their environment; mythic maps existed alongside new, more concrete, methods of charting the contours of the earth. Specific landscape features acted as repositories of myth and spurred their retelling;myths, in turn, shaped and gave sense to natural and built environments, and were crucial to the conceptual resonances of places both unknown and known. This volume brings together contributions from leading scholars of Greek myth, literature, history, and archaeology to examine the myriad intricate ways in which ancient Greek myth interacted with the physical and conceptual landscapes of antiquity. The diverse range of approaches and topicshighlights in particular the plurality and pervasiveness of such interactions. The collection as a whole sheds new light on the central importance of storytelling in Greek conceptions of space.
Greta Hawes is a lecturer in Classics and Ancient History at the Australian National University. She specializes in the study of Greek myth, particularly the examination of ancient contexts for storytelling, the Greeks' assessment of mythic phenomena in their own culture, and the modes of interpretation to which these gave rise. Her fi...
Title:Myths on the Map: The Storied Landscapes of Ancient GreeceFormat:HardcoverDimensions:368 pagesPublished:July 15, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Frontmatter:List of FiguresList of ContributorsGreta Hawes: Of Myths and Maps1. Katherine Clarke: Walking through History: Unlocking the Mythical Past2. Daniel W. Berman: Cities-Before-Cities: 'Prefoundational' Myth and the Construction of Greek Civic Space3. Richard Buxton: Landscapes of the Cyclopes4. Elizabeth Minchin: Mapping the Hellespont with Leander and Hero: 'The Swimming Lover and the Nightly Bride'5. Emma Aston: Centaurs and Lapiths in the Landscape of Thessaly6. Stephanie Larson: Meddling with Myth in Thebes: A New Vase from the Ismenion Hill (Thebes Museum 49276)7. Jeremy McInerney: Callimachus and the Poetics of the Diaspora8. Julie Baleriaux: Pausanias' Arcadia, Between Conservatism and Innovation9. Christina A. Salowey: Rivers Run Through It: Environmental History in Two Heroic Riverine Battles10. Betsey A. Robinson: Fountains as Reservoirs of Myth and Memory11. Aara Suksi: Scandalous Maps in Aeschylean Tragedy12. Iris Sulimani: Imaginary Islands in the Hellenistic Era: Utopia on the Geographical Map13. Robert L. Fowler: Imaginary Itineraries in the Beyond14. Charles Delattre: Islands of Knowledge: Space and Names in Imperial Mythography15. Richard Hunter: Serpents in the Soul: The 'Libyan Myth' of Dio ChrysostomEndmatter:BibliographyIndex locorumGeneral index