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Images of Myths in Classical Antiquity


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  • Date Published: February 2003
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521788090

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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 original and wide-ranging approach to mythological illustration going beyond simply relating images to texts
    • Treatment of many different media in both Greek and Roman art
    • Development from simple concepts to increasingly complex ones in easily comprehended, non-technical language
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    • Winner of The Criticos Committee Prize for 2003

    Reviews & endorsements

    'With its lucid descriptions, thoughtful explanations, lack of jargon, and avoidance of arcane Greek terms, this book is ideal for students and the general public. It could also help philologists to appreciate the conventions of Greek and Roman art and their potential for conveying the subtleties of myth. Every college course on classical mythology should assign this text, which is available in paperback, so students can understand the visual dimension of the subject. With its generous illustrations of many of the major works of classical art and its sensitive treatment of myth, Woodford's latest book is yet another leaf in her crown.' Bryn Mawr Classical Review

    'This is a very accessible book which would fascinate anyone with an interest in art, mythology or antiquity … it is an absolute must for any school teaching Greek or roman art at any level and should have a place in every school library. Its very attractiveness and accessibility means that it will be the sort of book that bored teenagers will dip into when they are supposed to be studying something else and without a doubt become hooked on classics.' London Association of Classical Teachers Newsletter

    'Her writing is always accessible, and she has an enviable ability to arrange her material in a user-friendly way. this is a book that should be in every library where classical civilization is taught.' JACT Reviews

    'Susan's books are always models of clarity and accessibility, a real pleasure to read, and this latest is no exception … Very highly recommended.' CA News

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2003
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521788090
    • length: 332 pages
    • dimensions: 255 x 179 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.817kg
    • contains: 194 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. An Introduction:
    1. Myths and images
    Part II. Transforming Words into Images:
    2. Making myths recognisable
    3. Choosing a moment
    4. Epic expansiveness versus tragic focus
    Part III. Building Images:
    5. Formulas and motifs
    6. Transference of types
    7. Creating compositions
    Part IV. Innovations, Developments and Connections:
    8. Innovations inspired by poets
    9. Innovations inspired by artists
    10. Changing interests
    11. History and myth in art
    12. Life and myth in art
    Part V. Problems:
    13. Showing what cannot be seen
    14. Distinguishing one myth from another
    15. Confusing one myth with another
    16. Misunderstandings and muddles
    17. Can the key to an image always be found?

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Ancient Greek Mythology
    • Greek Stories in Plays and Vase Painting
    • Greek and Roman Art
    • Greek and Roman Myth
    • Images of Myth in Greek Art
    • Introduction to Classical Mythology
  • Author

    Susan Woodford


    • Winner of The Criticos Committee Prize for 2003

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