New Worlds from Old Texts: Revisiting Ancient Space and Place

Hardcover | January 3, 2016

EditorElton Barker, Stefan Bouzarovski, Christopher Pelling

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Maps dominate the modern sense of place and geography. Yet, so far as we can tell, maps were rare in the Greco-Roman world and, when mentioned in sources, are mistrusted and criticized. Today, technological advances have brought to the fore an entirely new set of methods for representing andinteracting with space. In contrast to traditional "topographic" perspectives, the territorial extent of economic and political realms is increasingly conceived though a 'topological' lens, in which the nature and frequency of links among different sites matter more than the physical distancesbetween them.New Worlds from Old Texts focuses on the ancient Greek experience of space, conceived of in terms of both its literature and material culture remains, and uses this to reflect on modern thinking. Comprising twelve chapters written by a highly interdisciplinary range of contributors, this editedcollection explores the rich array of representational devices employed by ancient authors, whose narrative depictions of spatial relations defy the logic of images and surfaces that dominates contemporary cartographic thought. The volume focuses on Herodotus' Histories - a text that is increasinglycited by Classicists as an example of how ancient perceptions of space may have been rather different to the modern cartographic view - but also considers perceptions of space through the lens of other authors, genres, cultural contexts, and disciplines. In doing so, it reveals how a study of theancient world can be reinvigorated by, and in turn help to shape, modern technological innovation and methods.

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Maps dominate the modern sense of place and geography. Yet, so far as we can tell, maps were rare in the Greco-Roman world and, when mentioned in sources, are mistrusted and criticized. Today, technological advances have brought to the fore an entirely new set of methods for representing andinteracting with space. In contrast to tradit...

Elton Barker is a Reader in Classical Studies at the Open University. Stefan Bouzarovski is a Professor of Geography and Director of the Centre for Urban Energy and Resilience at the University of Manchester. Christopher Pelling is Regius Professor of Greek at the University of Oxford. Dr Leif Isaksen is a Senior Lecturer in History an...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:416 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:January 3, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Elton Barker, Stefan Bouzarovski, and Leif Isaksen: IntroductionPart 1: Texts, Maps, Ideas: Ancient Greek Representations of Space1. Oliver Thomas: Greek Hymnic Spaces2. Donald Murrayand#x2020;: The Waters at the Ends of the World: Herodotus and Mesopotamian Cosmic Geography3. Paola Ceccarelli: Map, Catalogue, Drama, Narrative: Representations of the Aegean Space4. Mathieu de Bakker: An Uneasy Smile: Herodotus on Saps and the Question of How to View the World5. Tim Rood: Mapping Spatial and Temporal Distance in Herodotus and Thucydides6. Kathryn Stevens: From Herodotus to a 'Hellenistic' World? The Eastern Geographies of Aristotle and TheophrastusPart 2: The Hestia Project: Towards a Narrative Geography of Herodotus' Histories7. Stefan Bouzarovski and Elton Barker: Between East and West: Movements and Transformations in Herodotean Topology8. Elton Barker, Leif Isaksen, and Jessica Ogden: Telling Stories with Maps: Exploring Herodotean Geography through Digital Tools9. Elton Barker and Christopher Pelling: Space-travelling in Herodotus Book 5Part 3: Technologies, Methodologies, Theories: Contemporary Approaches to Mapping Space10. Tom Brughmans and Jeroen Poblome: Pots in Space: An Exploratory and Geographical Network Analysis of Roman Pottery Distribution11. Lin Foxhall and Katharina Rebay-Salisbury: Tracing Networks: Technological Knowledge, Cultural Contact and Knowledge Exchange in the Ancient Mediterranean and Beyond12. Oyvind Eide: Verbal Expressions of Geographical InformationChristopher Pelling: Epilogue: A View from the BoundaryBibliographyIndex