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date: 22 September 2017

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This chapter examines the concept of virtuality in the context of the virtual worlds and the shared dimension of virtuality from ancient mythology and cyberspace. It shows that virtual worlds from mythical narrations to contemporary conceptualizations of digital communications are described as being either separate distant spaces or as different but interconnected planes of reality. It compares the virtual worlds of antiquity and the digital age and suggests that Jeff Malpas’s view of digital virtual worlds as being an aspect or part of the real is also valid for predigital virtual worlds.

Keywords: virtuality, virtual worlds, ancient mythology, cyberspace, mythical narrations, digital communications, Jeff Malpas, predigital virtual worlds

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