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    Lares or lairs

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    Does any one know what does 'lares' mean in this paragraph? I have looked around online but can't find any suitable explanation -


    In short, in the most interminable of dialectics, the sheltered being gives perceptible limits to his shelters. He experiences the house in its reality and its virtuality, by means of thought and dreams. It is no longer in its positive aspects that the house is really 'lived,' nor is it only in the pasing hour that we recognize its benefits. An entity past comes to dwell in a new house. The old saying: 'We bring our lares with us' has many variations. And the daydream deepens to the point where an immemorial domain opens up for the dreamer of a home beyond man's earliest memory.

    - Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Space; p.5.

    Thanks.

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    Re: Lares or lairs

    Quote Originally Posted by iamtime View Post
    Hi,

    Does any one know what does 'lares' mean in this paragraph? I have looked around online but can't find any suitable explanation -


    In short, in the most interminable of dialectics, the sheltered being gives perceptible limits to his shelters. He experiences the house in its reality and its virtuality, by means of thought and dreams. It is no longer in its positive aspects that the house is really 'lived,' nor is it only in the pasing hour that we recognize its benefits. An entity past comes to dwell in a new house. The old saying: 'We bring our lares with us' has many variations. And the daydream deepens to the point where an immemorial domain opens up for the dreamer of a home beyond man's earliest memory.

    - Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Space; p.5.

    Thanks.
    I'll give this a try...

    1913 Webster's has lares in it defined as lore, learning. This would fit since the author is talking about psychological aspects of space.

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    Re: Lares or lairs

    Thanks for the reply and the link!

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