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Author Clarke, Katherine, author

Title Shaping the geography of empire : man and nature in Herodotus' Histories / Katherine Clarke
Published Oxford : Oxford University Press USA - OSO, 2018


Description 1 online resource (xii, 355 pages)
Contents Reading herodotus in context -- '... there was no herodotus before herodotus' -- Treading in the footsteps of giants -- Finding space in the study of Herodotus -- Herodotus' spaces, peoples, and places : the scholarly landscape -- Sharpening the lens : bringing focalization into play -- Location, location, location : Herodotus' world and the dynamics of empire -- Herodotus' sense of place and space -- Mapping out the world -- Mapping the extremes -- Filling in the broad canvas : continents and comparisons -- Marching through the landscape : the geography of expeditions -- Trade, tourism, and theoria -- The evocative list -- Lines and dots -- Criss-crossing the narrative : rivers and the articulation of space -- Fonts of rivers, spines of the land : mountains in Herodotus' landscape -- Islands -- The specialness of being Nesiotes -- Transformation and migration -- The island as a commodity -- Giving meaning to space -- Depth and resonance -- Wonderful world : works of nature, works of man -- The dimension of time : unlocking the mythical landscape -- Collapsing spaces, parallel places -- Geographical morality -- Good and bad control : modulating the moral landscape -- Negotiating the rivers, moral barometers -- Walking on water : sailing over land -- Bridging rivers, bridging continents : crossing the great divide -- Reaching the promised land : entering the gardens of midas -- Grand designs -- The conquest of nature : Herodotus' 'military narrative' -- The allure of beauty and the language of desire -- The metaphor of conquest : slavery, rage, punishment, and subjugation -- Nature joins battle : opposition and alliance -- (mis)understanding the divine -- Writing an imperial geography -- Determining nature's will : stability or mobility -- Thinking big : imperial designs and the problem of hybris -- Passion for power : a Persian paradigm? -- Herodotus and the geography of dynamis
Summary Focusing on the depiction of the natural world in Herodotus' Histories, this volume explores the fluid and complex network of spatial relationships that emerges from his narrative, examining its significance for the analysis of focalization in the work and for understanding the role of geography in the shaping of successive empires
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 323-339) and indexes
Notes Print version record
Subject Herodotus. History.
Herodotus -- Knowledge -- Geography
SUBJECT History (Herodotus) fast
Subject Geography in literature.
Historical geography.
Geography, Ancient.
Classical geography.
HISTORY -- Ancient -- Greece.
Classical geography
Geography, Ancient
Geography in literature
Historical geography
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780192552372