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Conclusion - Further Trajectories

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  08 May 2021

Renaud Gagné
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The Conclusion brings us back full circle to the Introduction. A first section opens with a brief epilogue on Latin receptions and the reinventions of the Hyperborean nexus as a figure of liminality beyond the reach of Rome's power, shaped by the tense and shifting dialogue of geographical knowledge and Roman imperium. The brief epilogue continues with further thoughts on the Western medieval fortunes of Hyperborea, as it makes its way through negotiations with the baggage and authority of classical geography, and the difficult integration of a northern earthly paradise in the eschatological space of Christian cosmovision. This is the moment when Hyperborea, the focus of our etic study of cosmography, becomes a figure of emic cosmographia. The discussion in these two sections rapidly moves from Catullus to Claudian, and from Aethicus Ister to the Hereford Map and Roger Bacon, an occasion to end with a glance at the emergence of Hyperborea as an object of scientific and theological knowledge in the early European university. A final section ends with a quick retrospective and further considerations on cosmography and the philology of distant worlds.

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Cosmography and the Idea of Hyperborea in Ancient Greece
A Philology of Worlds
, pp. 387 - 412
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2021

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  • Further Trajectories
  • Renaud Gagné, University of Cambridge
  • Book: Cosmography and the Idea of Hyperborea in Ancient Greece
  • Online publication: 08 May 2021
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108973755.007
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  • Further Trajectories
  • Renaud Gagné, University of Cambridge
  • Book: Cosmography and the Idea of Hyperborea in Ancient Greece
  • Online publication: 08 May 2021
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108973755.007
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  • Further Trajectories
  • Renaud Gagné, University of Cambridge
  • Book: Cosmography and the Idea of Hyperborea in Ancient Greece
  • Online publication: 08 May 2021
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108973755.007
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