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Les Scythes imaginaires: espace et nomadisme

François Hartog
Annales. Histoire, Sciences Sociales
34e Année, No. 6 (Nov. - Dec., 1979), pp. 1137-1154
Published by: EHESS
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/27580957
Page Count: 18
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Abstract

For the ancient Greeks, Scythian is the nomad and the nomad is Scythian. But what is a nomad for some one who thinks that the truly good life is political life, life in a city? Herodotus deals with this question as it emerges from an analysis of space and of the relations between space and power (with the strange figure of the Scythian king) through the Scythian logos. Moreover, there is a real "theory" of nomadism at work: nomadism is more than a way of life, it is a strategy; the nomad is aporos (there is no way to get in touch with him). At this point the Periclean strategy offers a model for the "theory" and, more precisely, for the use it makes of the image of the island: the nomad is a kind of island-dweller.

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