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Permeable Worlds in Iamblichus’s Babyloniaka

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In his Babyloniaka (second century CE), Iamblichus devotes an important part of the narration (as it is summarized by Photius) to events occurring in a very particular place: an unnamed island formed by the Tigris and the Euphrates. This paper aims to show how Iamblichus has intermingled times, places, identities and genres to create a permeable world which reflects the pluricultural identity of the author. The island concentrates levels of reality which are usually separated to construct a geographically and ontologically hybrid world, which is enigmatic and paradigmatic of the novel as a whole. In accordance with a permeable genre, Iamblichus has constructed a permeable world, which seems to be characteristic of an author who has several geographical and cultural roots.

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hal-02060099 , version 1 (07-03-2019)

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Dimitri Kasprzyk. Permeable Worlds in Iamblichus’s Babyloniaka. Futre Pinheiro, Marília P. / Konstan, David / MacQueen, Bruce Duncan. Cultural Crossroads in the Ancient Novel, 40, De Gruyter, pp.29-37, 2018, Trends in Classics - Supplementary Volumes, 978-1-5015-0398-6. ⟨hal-02060099⟩
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