The west in the mentality of the Greeks of the 8th century BC

Název: The west in the mentality of the Greeks of the 8th century BC
Zdrojový dokument: Graeco-Latina Brunensia. 2022, roč. 27, č. 2, s. 25-46
  • ISSN
    1803-7402 (print)
    2336-4424 (online)
Type: Článek
The aim of this paper is to reveal the specifics of spatial perception among the Greeks of the 8th century BC in terms of the mental reconstruction of imaginary mythical space by way of an example of their representation of the spatial direction of the west. The first part of our research is devoted to a consideration of the problem of the perception of the extreme west as a source of danger to the world order and the analysis of mental spatial images performing the function of psychological defense. In the second part of the paper, the opposite qualitative characteristics of the west as mythical space in its interconnection with mythical time are considered. We have thus attempted to demonstrate ambivalence in the perception of the west inherent in people with mythological thinking.
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