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By Richard Seaford

This ebook additional develops Professor Seaford's leading edge paintings at the learn of formality and funds within the constructing Greek polis. It employs the idea that of the chronotope, which refers back to the phenomenon wherein the spatial and temporal frameworks specific or implicit in a textual content have an identical constitution and uncovers quite a few such chronotopes within the Homeric Hymn to Demeter and specifically the tragedies of Aeschylus. Mikhail Bakhtin's pioneering use of the chronotope used to be in literary research. This research against this derives the diversity of chronotopes show up in Greek texts from the diversity of socially integrative practices within the constructing polis - significantly reciprocity, collective ritual, and monetised alternate. specifically, the tragedies of Aeschylus embodies the reassuring absorption of the recent and perilous monetised chronotope into the conventional chronotope that arises from collective ritual with its aetiological fable.

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4 Le «rimembranze», eccolo il punto di riferimento che gli serve per non perdersi in una dimensione incontrollabile. I ricordi e le fantasie che lui chiama «finzioni» o «illusioni». Nel 1828, quando ha trent’anni, annota nello Zibaldone questo pensiero: All’uomo sensibile e immaginoso, che viva, come io sono vissuto gran tempo, sentendo di continuo ed immaginando, il mondo e gli oggetti sono in certo modo doppi. Egli vedrà cogli occhi una torre, una campagna; udrà cogli orecchi un suono d’una campana; e nel tempo stesso coll’immaginazione vedrà un’altra torre, un’altra campagna, udrà un altro suono.

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