The Space of Heroes
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Homer’s visceral understanding of the world, originating from a vigilant consciousness and a sharp vision, has formed the fountainhead of Greek spatialities 2 as well as the constant archaism underlying Western spatial imaginations. The bard constantly refl ects archetypal spaces and times on his poetic mirror, gathers spatial energies and beams them down to our time. Poignantly replete with heroic fi gures, magnifi cent and terrible gestures, mythical deeds and originary associations, Homer’s poetic universe, narrative and myth have been irrigating the Greek imaginary for 2,800 years as well as the West since the Renaissance. 3 His heroes have shaped the bedrock of unconscious refl exes, ideas and morphemes of space in the Western world, material or immaterial, through their mortal body. Their fi ghting, convening or struggling for survival in the open sea was linked directly by Homer, and the Greek world after him, to the spirit and the intellect.