Images of Myths in Classical Antiquity

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Author: Susan Woodford

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780521782678

Category: Art

Page: 305

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Myths inspired Greek and Roman artists to rise to the challenge of conveying flowing narratives in static form. This book describes the different ways painters, sculptors and other artists explored and exploited the dense forest of myth. It explains how formulas were devised for certain stories; how these could be adapted, developed and even transferred to other contexts; how one myth could be distinguished from another - or confused with it; how myths related to daily life or political propaganda; and the influence of evolving tastes. Written in a lively and accessible style, fully illustrated with examples drawn from a wide range of media, Images of Myths in Classical Antiquity provides fresh and stimulating insights into the representation of myths in Greek and Roman art.

An Introduction to Greek Art

Sculpture and Vase Painting in the Archaic and Classical Periods

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Author: Susan Woodford

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1472526392

Category: History

Page: 224

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The four centuries between the composition of the Homeric epics and the conquests of Alexander the Great witnessed an immensely creative period in Greek art, one full of experimentation and innovation. But time has taken its toll; damaged statues have lost their colour and wall paintings have been totally destroyed. And yet sympathetic study of surviving sculpture and of drawing on vases can give extraordinary insight into and appreciation of these once brilliant works This book, designed originally for students, introduces the reader to Greek sculpture and vase painting in the critical period from the eighth to the fourth centuries BC. The works discussed are generously illustrated and lucidly analysed to give a vivid picture of the splendor of Greek art. The up-dated second edition includes a new chapter examining art in Greek society, a timeline to help relate artistic development to historical events, an explanation of how dates BC are arrived at, a brief overview of Greek temple plans and a further reading list of recent books. This clear, approachable and rigorous introduction makes the beauty of Greek art more readily accessible and comprehensible, balancing description with interpretation and illustration, and is an invaluable tool to help develop insight, appreciation and comprehension.

Interpreting the Images of Greek Myths

An Introduction

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Author: Klaus Junker

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521895820

Category: Art

Page: 225

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"Great events of myth such as the Trojan War and outstanding figures like Herakles, Oedipus, Medea or the great Olympian Gods have a firm place in the cultural consciousness of the present day. At the same time, the Greek myths play a prominent role in the study of the Classical world. That such a wide range of disciplines - Classical Philology, Ancient History, Classical Archaeology, and Philosophy - draw on these myths for their research has much do with the fact that, in antiquity, myths and their content were present in so many facets of human existence"--

The Rise of Modern Mythology, 1680-1860

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Author: Burton Feldman,Robert D. Richardson

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 9780253201881

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 564

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Presents literary excerpts and readings which analyze and debate the origin, interpretation and validity of mythological theories

Athena

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Author: Susan Deacy

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134494866

Category: History

Page: 200

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In this definitive assessment of the various representations and approaches to Athena, Susan Deacy does what no other has done before and brings all the aspects of this legendary figure into one, outstanding study. A survey of one of the most enduringly popular of ancient deities, the book introduces Athena’s myth, cult and reception, while directing the reader to detailed discussion as and when it is appropriate. Students will find it a great help in their studies, and for the general reader with an interest in the ancient world and for those from related disciplines such as literature, art history and religion, it provides a mine of information and insight into this fascinating classical figure.

Classical Myths in Italian Renaissance Painting

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Author: Luba Freedman

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107001196

Category: Art

Page: 292

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"The book is about a new development in Italian Renaissance art; its aim is to show how artists and humanists came together to effect this revolution, it is important because this is a long-ignored but crucial aspect of the Italian Renaissance, showing us why the masterpieces we take for granted are the way they are, and thre is no competitor in the field. The book sheds light on some of the world's greatest masterpirces of art, including Botticelli's Venus, Leonardo's Leda, Raphael's Galatea, and Titian's Bacchus and Ariadne"--

Renaissance Artists & Antique Sculpture

A Handbook of Sources

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Author: Phyllis Pray Bober,Ruth Rubinstein,Susan Woodford

Publisher: Harvey Miller Pub

ISBN: 9781905375608

Category: Art

Page: 581

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This handbook documents the antique works of art known to Renaissance artists up to 1527. More than 500 illustrations show Greek and Roman statues, mythological, and historical reliefs together with Renaissance drawings, engravings, bronzes, and paintings to demonstrate where these classical monuments were discovered.

Dionysos

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Author: Karl Kerényi

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691029153

Category: Religion

Page: 474

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No other god of the Greeks is as widely present in the monuments and nature of Greece and Italy, in the sensuous tradition of antiquity, as Dionysos. In myth and image, in visionary experience and ritual representation, the Greeks possessed a complete expression of indestructible life, the essence of Dionysos. In this work, the noted mythologist and historian of religion Carl Kerényi presents a historical account of the religion of Dionysos from its beginnings in the Minoan culture down to its transition to a cosmic and cosmopolitan religion of late antiquity under the Roman Empire. From the wealth of Greek literary, epigraphic, and monumental traditions, Kerényi constructs a picture of Dionysian worship, always underlining the constitutive element of myth. Included in this study are the secret cult scenes of the women's mysteries both within and beyond Attica, the mystic sacrificial rite at Delphi, and the great public Dionysian festivals at Athens. The way in which the Athenian people received and assimilated tragedy in its immanent connection with Dionysos is seen as the greatest miracle in all cultural history. Tragedy and New Comedy are seen as high spiritual forms of the Dionysian religion, and the Dionysian element itself is seen as a chapter in the religious history of Europe.

A Brief Guide to the Greek Myths

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Author: Stephen P. Kershaw

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1472107543

Category: Social Science

Page: 160

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The book leads the reader through these vibrant stories, from the origins of the gods through to the homecomings of the Trojan heroes. All the familiar narratives are here, along with some less familiar characters and motifs. In addition to the tales, the book explains key issues arising from the narratives, and discusses the myths and their wider relevance. This long-overdue book crystallises three key areas of interest: the nature of the tales; the stories themselves; and how they have and might be interpreted. For the first time, it brings together aspects of Greek mythology only usually available in disparate forms - namely children's books and academic works. There will be much here that is interesting, surprising, and strange as well as familiar. Experts and non-experts, adults, students and schoolchildren alike will gain entertainment and insight from this fascinating and important volume.

A Handbook to the Reception of Classical Mythology

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Author: Vanda Zajko,Helena Hoyle

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1444339605

Category: History

Page: 496

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This Handbook presents a collection of essays that explore a wide variety of aspects of Greek and Roman myths and their critical reception from antiquity to the present day. It reveals the importance of mythography to the survival, dissemination, and popularization of classical myth from the ancient world to the present day, and features chronologically organized essays that address different sets of myths that were important in each historical era, along with their thematic relevance. It offers a series of carefully selected in-depth readings, including both popular and less well-known examples.

Image and Myth

A History of Pictorial Narration in Greek Art

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Author: Luca Giuliani

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 022602590X

Category: Art

Page: 384

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On museum visits, we pass by beautiful, well-preserved vases from ancient Greece—but how often do we understand what the images on them depict? In Image and Myth, Luca Giuliani tells the stories behind the pictures, exploring how artists of antiquity had to determine which motifs or historical and mythic events to use to tell an underlying story while also keeping in mind the tastes and expectations of paying clients. Covering the range of Greek style and its growth between the early Archaic and Hellenistic periods, Giuliani describes the intellectual, social, and artistic contexts in which the images were created. He reveals that developments in Greek vase painting were driven as much by the times as they were by tradition—the better-known the story, the less leeway the artists had in interpreting it. As literary culture transformed from an oral tradition, in which stories were always in flux, to the stability of written texts, the images produced by artists eventually became nothing more than illustrations of canonical works. At once a work of cultural and art history, Image and Myth builds a new way of understanding the visual culture of ancient Greece.

The Pregnant Male as Myth and Metaphor in Classical Greek Literature

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Author: David D. Leitao

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107017289

Category: History

Page: 307

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This book traces the image of the pregnant male as it evolves in classical Greek literature. Originating as a representation of paternity and, by extension, "authorship" of creative works, the image later comes to function also as a means to explore the boundary between the sexes.

The McElderry Book of Greek Myths

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Author: Eric A. Kimmel,Pep Montserrat

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1416915346

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 96

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The story of Pandora and her box, snake-haired Medusa, and the greedy King Midas are three of the twelve myths presented in a colorfully illustrated collection of Greek myths.

Defining Dress

Dress as Object, Meaning, and Identity

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Author: Amy De La Haye,Elizabeth Wilson

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 9780719053290

Category: Social Science

Page: 160

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This collection of essays brings together many separate but related issues which form the focus of contemporary research into the history of dress. Historically, in Britain at least, investigations of dress were primarily informed by historical and empirical protocols, although the symbolic meaning of dress was explored by anthroplogists and sociologists, who tended to concentrate on either non-Western cultures or British or Western sub-cultures. In recent years these approaches have moved closer together partly as a result of the impact of feminism.

The Cultural Life of Images

Visual Representation in Archaeology

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Author: Brian Leigh Molyneaux

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134546238

Category: Social Science

Page: 296

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Pictures are often admired for their aesthetic merits but they are rarely treated as if they had as much to offer as the written word. They are often overlooked as objects of analysis themselves, and tend to be seen simply as adjuncts to the text. Images, however, are not passive, and have a direct impact that engages attention in ways independent of any specific text. Advertising, entertainment and propaganda have realised the extent of this power to shape ideas, but the scientific community has hitherto neglected the ways in which visual material conditions the ways in which we think. With subjects including prehistoric artworks, excavation illustrations, artists' impressions of ancient sites and peoples and contemporary landscapes, photographs and drawings, this study explores how pictures shape our perceptions and our expectations of the past. This volume is not concerned with the accuracy of pictures from the past or directly about the past itself, but is interested instead in why certain subjects are selected, why they are depicted the way they are, and what effects such images have on our idea of the past. This collection constitutes a ground-breaking study in historiography which radically reassesses the ways that history can be written.

The Library of Greek Mythology

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Author: Apollodorus

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780192839244

Category: Fiction

Page: 291

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A new translation of an important text for Greek mythology used as a source book by classicists from antiquity to Robert Graves, The Library of Greek Mythology is a complete summary of early Greek myth, telling the story of each of the great families of heroic mythology, and the various adventures associated with the main heroes and heroines, from Jason and Perseus to Heracles and Helen of Troy. Using the ancient system of detailed histories of the great families, it contains invaluable genealogical diagrams for maximum clarity.

The Mythology of Plants

Botanical Lore from Ancient Greece and Rome

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Author: Annette Giesecke

Publisher: Getty Publications

ISBN: 1606063219

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 144

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This engaging book focuses on the perennially fascinating topic of plants in Greek and Roman myth. The author, an authority on the gardens, art, and literature of the classical world, introduces the book’s main themes with a discussion of gods and heroes in ancient Greek and Roman gardens. The following chapters recount the everyday uses and broader cultural meaning of plants with particularly strong mythological associations. These include common garden plants such as narcissus and hyacinth; pomegranate and apple , which were potent symbols of fertility; and sources of precious incense including frankincense and myrrh. Following the sweeping botanical commentary are the myths themselves, told in the original voice of Ovid, classical antiquity’s most colorful mythographer. The volume’s interdisciplinary approach will appeal to a wide audience, ranging from readers interested in archaeology, classical literature, and ancient history to garden enthusiasts. With an original translation of selections from Ovid’s Metamorphoses, an extensive bibliography, a useful glossary of names and places, and a rich selection of images including exquisite botanical illustrations, this book is unparalleled in scope and realization.

Classical Antiquities

Being Part of the "Manual of Classical Literature."

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Author: Johann Joachim Eschenburg

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Classical antiquities

Page: 331

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Approaches to Greek Myth

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Author: Lowell Edmunds

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 142141418X

Category: History

Page: 480

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Since the first edition of Approaches to Greek Myth was published in 1990, interest in Greek mythology has surged. There was no simple agreement on the subject of "myth" in classical antiquity, and there remains none today. Is myth a narrative or a performance? Can myth be separated from its context? What did myths mean to ancient Greeks and what do they mean today? Here, Lowell Edmunds brings together practitioners of eight of the most important contemporary approaches to the subject. Whether exploring myth from a historical, comparative, or theoretical perspective, each contributor lucidly describes a particular approach, applies it to one or more myths, and reflects on what the approach yields that others do not. Edmunds's new general and chapter-level introductions recontextualize these essays and also touch on recent developments in scholarship in the interpretation of Greek myth. Contributors are Jordi Pàmias, on the reception of Greek myth through history; H. S. Versnel, on the intersections of myth and ritual; Carolina López-Ruiz, on the near Eastern contexts; Joseph Falaky Nagy, on Indo-European structure in Greek myth; William Hansen, on myth and folklore; Claude Calame, on the application of semiotic theory of narrative; Christiane Sourvinou-Inwood, on reading visual sources such as vase paintings; and Robert A. Segal, on psychoanalytic interpretations.