Cosmography is defined here as the rhetoric of cosmology: the art
of composing worlds. The mirage of Hyperborea, which played a
substantial role in Greek religion and culture throughout
Antiquity, offers a remarkable window into the practice of
composing and reading worlds. This book follows Hyperborea across
genres and centuries, both as an exploration of the extraordinary
record of Greek thought on that further North and as a case study
of ancient cosmography and the anthropological philology that
tracks ancient cosmography. Trajectories through the many forms of
Greek thought on Hyperborea shed light on key aspects of the
cosmography of cult and the cosmography of literature. The
philology of worlds pursued in this book ranges from Archaic hymns
to Hellenistic and Imperial reconfigurations of Hyperborea. A
thousand years of cosmography is thus surveyed through the
rewritings of one idea. This is a book on the art of reading worlds
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