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The history of walking in Europe rests on the triple foundation of exercise, space, and the body. Walking accompanying contemplation can be traced back to the Greek Peripatetics, who walked up and down (Greek peripatéō) while teaching in a covered walkway. The link between bodily and mental exercise thus constitutes one tradition in which the promenade expressed itself as a “poetic code” [16. 13]. Distinct fro…

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König, Gudrun, “Promenade”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 30 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_027761>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210107

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