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By Alex C. Purves

During this wide-ranging survey of historical Greek narrative from archaic epic to classical prose, Alex Purves exhibits how tales spread in house in addition to in time. She strains a shift in authorial standpoint, from a godlike evaluate to the extra centred outlook of people stuck up in a constructing plot, encouraged by way of advances in cartography, go back and forth, and geometry. Her research of the temporal and spatial dimensions of historic narrative results in new interpretations of significant texts by way of Homer, Herodotus, and Xenophon, between others, displaying formerly disregarded connections among epic and prose. Drawing at the tools of classical philology, narrative conception, and cultural geography, Purves recovers a poetics of spatial illustration that lies on the middle of the Greeks' perception in their plots.

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