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  • Print publication year: 2019
  • Online publication date: July 2019

Chapter 2 - Conceptual Metaphors for Time in Homer


In this chapter, the author goes through the different ways in which spatial terminology is mapped onto the abstract phenomenon of time, discussing the role of the grammatical cases and the use of prepositions as well as the more ornate descriptions. The author first discusses the moving ego metaphor ("we're approaching Christmas"), before discussing the metaphor whereby time approaches the ego ("Christmas is coming"), and that whereby time is figured simply as a sequence without an ego ("Christmas is before Easter"). He then discusses the question of whether the Greeks envisioned the future as "behind" them (and argues that they did not), before considering further metaphors for time.