Gaetano, Fabrizio (2019) Scrivere la storia. Costruzione e rappresentazione degli spazi nelle Storie di Erodoto. [Ph.D. thesis]
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The main purpose of this project is to try to understand the function of spaces in Herodotus’ work and, in particular, to analyze the way in which spaces may play a different role accordingly to a specific context or topic Herodotus is dealing with. A first part of the research is dedicated to the attempt of understanding how spatial information are fundamental to characterize those civilizations to which Herodotus devotes a large part of his narrative, notably the Persians, the Egyptians and the Scythians. The second part of the research is dedicated to sacred spaces. In this section I focus on two aspects: the multiple role of the temple as thoma, landmark and proof/impulse of the historical narrative; the passages in which Herodotus describes his characters by insisting on their behaviours towards sacred spaces. A third and final part of the thesis deals with space from a more geographical perspective and it is structured in the five following paragraphs: terminology of proximity; 'epeiros'; 'eremos', 'eschatos' and knowledge; hodological and cartographic space; naming lands and seas.
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