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By Richard Seaford

This ebook additional develops Professor Seaford's cutting edge paintings at the learn of formality and funds within the constructing Greek polis. It employs the concept that of the chronotope, which refers back to the phenomenon wherein the spatial and temporal frameworks particular or implicit in a textual content have a similar constitution, and uncovers quite a few such chronotopes in Homer, the Homeric Hymn to Demeter, Presocratic philosophy and specifically the tragedies of Aeschylus. Mikhail Bakhtin's pioneering use of the chronotope used to be in literary research. This examine against this derives the range of chronotopes show up in Greek texts from the diversity of socially integrative practices within the constructing polis - particularly reciprocity, collective ritual and monetised trade. specifically, the Oresteia of Aeschylus embodies the reassuring absorption of the recent and perilous monetised chronotope into the normal chronotope that arises from collective ritual with its aetiological fable. This argument contains the 1st ever demonstration of the profound affinities among Aeschylus and the (Presocratic) philosophy of his time.

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