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« La royauté de l'enfant. À propos d'Héraclite et de pratiques ludiques enfantines en Grèce ancienne », in D. Bouvier and V. Dasen (eds), Héraclite : Le temps est un enfant qui joue, Collection Jeu/ Play/Spiel 1, Liège, Presses Universitaires de Liège, 2020, 97-123.

Dasen, Véronique

In fragment 52 D.-K. of Heraclitus, the careful observation of a child who moves pawns serves as a metaphorical operator for thinking about the order and disorder of the world at the hands of a fragile but powerful king. To understand how a game could have this symbolic value, this article examines the written and iconographic sources which refer to the different dimensions of children’s play activities, with a dimension not limited to learning, but also divinatory, especially when they take place in a sanctuary.

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