Interpreting the Images of Greek Myths: An Introduction

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Authors

Klaus Junker, Annemarie Kunzl-Snodgrass, Anthony Snodgrass

Year 2012
Pages 240
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Language en
ISBN 9780521720076
File Size 13.21 MB
File Format PDF
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Ebook Description

From the age of Homer until late antiquity the culture of ancient Greece and Rome was permeated by images of Greek myths. Gods and heroes were represented as statues, on vase and wall paintings, on temples, on sarcophagi as well as in other media. This book provides a concise introduction to the interpretation of the images of Greek myths. Its main aim is to make the pictorial versions of the myths comprehensible on their own terms. Ancient artists were well aware of the potential - but also the limitations - of these 'silent' images and of the strategies that made them 'speak' to the audience/viewer. The book explains the theoretical and methodological issues at stake and discusses in detail a number of case studies. It will be useful and stimulating for all advanced undergraduate and graduate students taking courses and all scholars with an interest in Greek mythology and ancient art.