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Art and Inscriptions in the Ancient World

Art and Inscriptions in the Ancient World


Zahra Newby, Alastair Blanshard, Glenys Davies, Bettina Bergmann, Michael Squire, Robin Osborne, Alexandra Pappas, Ruth Leader-Newby, John Ma, Julia L. Shear, Verity Platt
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  • Date Published: December 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521868518

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  • The ancient visual environment was packed with instances where words and images appeared side by side: statues with dedicatory inscriptions, labels on paintings or mosaics, or complex juxtapositions of images and engraved texts on funerary monuments. In the past these elements have often been divorced from one another and studied in isolation. In this volume art historians and epigraphers have come together to look at the complex ways in which images and words interacted with one another, illustrating, explaining or reinterpreting each other or, conversely, making competing demands upon the viewer. Their essays range widely in their focus from archaic Greek pottery through Hellenistic honorific statues and Pompeian wall-paintings to Late Roman mosaics. The insights that emerge contribute to our wider picture of the relationships between art and text in the ancient world, as well as illuminating the complexity and variety in ancient material culture.

    • Offers an interdisciplinary study of images and text in a range of works of art
    • Ranges widely across the ancient world, from archaic Greece to the Late Roman Empire
    • Includes contributions from both established and rising scholars
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    'This volume is a very timely contribution to the dialogue between archaeologists and epigraphists.' The Anglo-Hellenic Review

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    • Date Published: December 2006
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521868518
    • length: 322 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.71kg
    • contains: 74 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Zahra Newby
    Part I. Inscribing Images, Illustrating Texts: Juxtapositions of Text and Image:
    1. The problems with honouring Samos: an Athenian document relief and its interpretation Alastair Blanshard
    2. Idem ego sum discumbens, ut me videtis: inscription and image on Roman ash chests Glenys Davies
    3. A painted garland: weaving words and images in the House of the Epigrams at Pompeii Bettina Bergmann
    4. The motto in the grotto: inscribing illustration and illustrating inscription at Sperlonga Michael Squire
    Part II. Images and their Labels:
    5. Writing on archaic Greek pottery Robin Osborne and Alexandra Pappas
    6. Reading the allegory of the Archesilaos relief Zahra Newby
    7. Inscribed mosaics in the Late Roman Empire: perspectives from East and West Ruth Leader-Newby
    Part III. Inscriptions and their Statues:
    8. Hellenistic honorific statues and their inscriptions John Ma
    9. Reusing statues, rewriting inscriptions and bestowing honours in Roman Athens Julia L. Shear
    10. 'Honour takes wing': unstable images and anxious orators in the Greek tradition Verity Platt.

  • Editors

    Zahra Newby, University of Warwick
    Zahra Newby is Lecturer in Classics and Ancient History at the University of Warwick. She has published articles on ecphrasis, art and identity, and mythological imagery and has recently published Greek Athletics in the Roman World (2005).

    Ruth Leader-Newby
    Ruth Leader-Newby studied at Cambridge, the Courtauld Institute of Art and Harvard and held a British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at King's College London. She is the author of Silver and Society in Late Antiquity (2004).


    Zahra Newby, Alastair Blanshard, Glenys Davies, Bettina Bergmann, Michael Squire, Robin Osborne, Alexandra Pappas, Ruth Leader-Newby, John Ma, Julia L. Shear, Verity Platt

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