Cosmology and the Polis: The Social Construction of Space and Time in the Tragedies of Aeschylus

Richard Seaford


This booklet extra develops Professor Seaford's cutting edge paintings at the research 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 specific or implicit in a textual content have a similar 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 was once in literary research. This research against this derives the range of chronotopes appear in Greek texts from the range of socially integrative practices within the constructing polis - particularly reciprocity, collective ritual, and monetised trade. particularly, 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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