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The Body In The Landscape: Aristides’ Corpus In Light Of The Sacred Tales

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This chapter presents a detailed reading of these two accounts (Oration 27, Panegyric in Cyzicus and Sacred Tales), focusing primarily on the treatment of the themes of travel and landscape, and how these are intertwined with the concepts of the body and the divine. Travel and the body are often explored separately, but when viewed in combination offer fruitful insights into Aristides? outlook on himself and the world. The chapter explores these themes more broadly in Aristides? work, and shows that they are significant throughout the corpus. It is suggested that viewing Aristides? corpus in the light of the Sacred Tales reveals the author?s profoundly religious outlook. Aristides? deeply religious outlook can then be recognised throughout his corpus as the prism through which everything is viewed and indeed transformed, most importantly the landscape, his own body and his oratory.

Keywords: Aristides? corpus; geographical landscape; Oration 27, Panegyric in Cyzicus; Sacred Tales



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