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Word and Image in Ancient Greece : Edinburgh Leventis Studies (Paperback) - N. Keith Rutter

Word and Image in Ancient Greece

Edinburgh Leventis Studies (Paperback)

Paperback Published: 1st November 2000
ISBN: 9780748614059
Number Of Pages: 320
For Ages: 22+ years old

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This volume of new work by leading scholars explores the ways in which visual and oral communication in Greek culture interact and throws new light on their many and related functions. The subjects include the creation of the Greek myths during the early centuries of the first millennium B.C. when the technique of writing had been lost; the significance of words and images on painted pottery; the relationship between drama on stage and the illustration of the same stories on pottery; and the ways in which stories portrayed in monumental sculpture on temples were understood by the people who came to look at them. Classical Greece produced the beginnings of the tradition of philosophical reflection on the nature and value of images, notably in the work of Plato and Aristotle: the concept of mimesis, concerned with questions both of representation and expression, is directly addressed by several of the authors, and forms an underlying theme of the volume as a whole. The authors are drawn from the historical, archaeological, literary, philosophical, and art historical fields of classical study.

A stimulating book, of interest to those who deal with the visual as well as to those who deal with the verbal aspects of ancient Greece." What we have here are the reworked texts of papers delivered at a conference organised in March 1999 to mark the establishment in Edinburgh of a biennial Visiting Research Professorship in Greek funded by the Leventis Foundation. The first holder was B.A. Sparkes. Many of the authors are scholars as distinguished as Sparkes himself. We eagerly await subsequent conferences and their publication in this series." Essays here address important and highly debatable issues ! each contributor has valid and valuable things to say Word and Image has much to offer students of classical art and art history ... its essays raise many interesting ideas. A stimulating book, of interest to those who deal with the visual as well as to those who deal with the verbal aspects of ancient Greece." What we have here are the reworked texts of papers delivered at a conference organised in March 1999 to mark the establishment in Edinburgh of a biennial Visiting Research Professorship in Greek funded by the Leventis Foundation. The first holder was B.A. Sparkes. Many of the authors are scholars as distinguished as Sparkes himself. We eagerly await subsequent conferences and their publication in this series." Essays here address important and highly debatable issues ! each contributor has valid and valuable things to say Word and Image has much to offer students of classical art and art history ... its essays raise many interesting ideas.

Preface
Contributors and Editors
Illustrations
Abbreviations
Introductionp. 1
Images in Early Greece
Songs for heroes: the lack of images in early Greecep. 11
The uses of writing on early Greek painted potteryp. 22
Tools of the tradep. 35
Narrative and Image
Meaning and narrative techniques in statue-bases of the Pheidian circlep. 53
Small world: pygmies and cop. 79
Plato and paintingp. 99
Image(ry) and the Stage
Vases and tragic drama: Euripides' Medea and Sophocles' lost Tereusp. 119
Eidola in epic, tragedy and vase-paintingp. 140
Placing theatre in the history of visionp. 161
Reading (and) the Image
Social structure, cultural rationalisation and aesthetic judgement in classical Greecep. 183
Losing the picture: change and continuity in Athenian grave monuments in the fourth and third centuries B.C.p. 206
Archaic and classical Greek temple sculpture and the viewerp. 228
Programme of the First Leventis Greek Conferencep. 247
Index locorump. 249
Indexp. 251
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ISBN: 9780748614059
ISBN-10: 0748614052
Series: Edinburgh Leventis Studies (Paperback)
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 1st November 2000
Publisher: EDINBURGH UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.32 x 15.62  x 1.35
Weight (kg): 0.47