‘Ecosophic Cartographies’ of Mount Pentelicon
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This chapter emphasizes the reciprocal relationship between Mount Pentelicon and Athens as it draws on the performativity of their material exchange. White marble, the geological matter of Mount Pentelicon, has been persistently called upon to construct the grounds (literally) and the myths of the Athenian metropolis, while the constant quarrying and re-appropriation of the mountain has reinstituted the very ‘materiality’ of that matter. Throughout this chapter, the space between Mount Pentelicon and Athens is re-drawn through marble as a complex historical, social, political, material image-landscape. In re-imaging and re-imagining a (speculative) Attic marble landscape, this chapter moves away from the romantic image of mountain and city to explore the specificity of the Athenian situation—by illustrating an active network of Mount Pentelicon’s marble in Attica that allows for a series of non-linear readings of the relationship between the mountain and the city—and to provide both an elaboration and a testing of Félix Guattari’s notion of ‘ecosophic cartographies’.
KeywordsMountain and the City Marble Landscapes Representation, Ecology and Cartography
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