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Images in Mind : Statues in Archaic and Classical Greek Literature and Thought - Deborah Tarn Steiner

Images in Mind

Statues in Archaic and Classical Greek Literature and Thought

Paperback Published: 1st December 2002
ISBN: 9780691094885
Number Of Pages: 384

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In archaic and classical Greece, statues played a constant role in people's religious, political, economic, aesthetic, and mental lives. Evidence of many kinds demonstrates that ancient Greeks thought about--and interacted with--statues in ways very different from our own. This book recovers ancient thinking about statues by approaching them through contemporary literary sources. It not only shows that ancient viewers conceived of images as more operative than aesthetic, but additionally reveals how poets and philosophers found in sculpture a practice ''good to think with.''

Deborah Tarn Steiner considers how Greek authors used images to ponder the relation of a copy to an original and of external appearance to inner reality. For these writers, a sculpture could straddle life and death, encode desire, or occasion reflection on their own act of producing a text. Many of the same sources also reveal how thinking about statues was reflected in the objects' everyday treatment. Viewing representations of gods and heroes as vessels hosting a living force, worshippers ritually washed, clothed, and fed them in order to elicit the numinous presence within.

By reading the plastic and verbal sources together, this book offers new insights into classical texts while illuminating the practices surrounding the design, manufacture, and deployment of ancient images. Its argument that images are properly objects of cultural and social--rather than purely aesthetic--study will attract art historians, cultural historians, and anthropologists, as well as classicists.

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"[A] comprehensive, richly documented study... Steiner analyzes in detail the role of images in communicating love, desire, and longing... Informative and satisfying."--Choice "Stone carving is a reductive technique: the sculptor is always involved in the process of removing and discarding material from the original block to reveal the image within. Steiner has done exactly the opposite: she has provided much more material for our consideration than she promised at the beginning... Undoubtedly the strongest aspect of this book is the continuing discussion of mimesis and the often ambiguous relation of perceived form to reality, a thread that is interwoven throughout the work."--Paul Rehak, American Journal of Philology

List of Illustrationsp. vii
Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
List of Abbreviationsp. xvii
Replacement and Replicationp. 3
Replacing the Absentp. 5
Replication and Its Limitsp. 19
Developments in Late Archaic and Classical Statuaryp. 26
Works of Art in Fiftb-Century Textsp. 44
Late Classical Images and the Platonic Accountp. 56
Inside and Outp. 79
Representing Divinityp. 80
Cult Activitiesp. 105
Vacant or Full?p. 120
The Quick and the Deadp. 135
Inanimate Images and the Deadp. 136
Divine Motion and Sightp. 156
For Love of a Statuep. 185
Image Love in Literary Accountsp. 186
Real-World Viewingp. 207
The Image in the Textp. 251
The Funerary Monumentp. 252
Victory Statuesp. 259
Honorific Statues and the Encomiastic Addressp. 265
Imaging the Wordp. 281
Epilogue: lucian's Retrospectivep. 295
Illustrationsp. 307
Bibliographyp. 329
Index of Passages Citedp. 343
Subject Indexp. 353
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ISBN: 9780691094885
ISBN-10: 0691094888
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 1st December 2002
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.93 x 15.7  x 2.06
Weight (kg): 0.55