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The Moral Mirror of Roman Art

The Moral Mirror of Roman Art

  • Date Published: May 2014
  • availability: Unavailable - out of print
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107689435

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  • This interdisciplinary study explores the meanings of mirrors and reflections in Roman art and society. When used as metaphors in Roman visual and literary discourses, mirrors had a strongly moral force, reflecting not random reality but rather a carefully filtered imagery with a didactic message. Focusing on examples found in mythical narrative, religious devotion, social interaction and gender relations, Rabun Taylor demonstrates that reflections served as powerful symbols of personal change. Thus, in both art and literature, a reflection may be present during moments of a protagonist's inner or outer transformation.

    • Only book in English on reflections in Roman culture
    • Has a broad appeal to cultural anthropologists as well as classicists
    • Deals equally with visual art and literature
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    • Date Published: May 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107689435
    • length: 285 pages
    • dimensions: 254 x 177 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.71kg
    • availability: Unavailable - out of print
  • Table of Contents

    1. The teaching mirror
    2. Mirrors mortal and morbid: Narcissus and Hermaphroditus
    3. DionysiusPerseus.

  • Author

    Rabun Taylor, University of Texas, Austin
    Rabun Taylor is Assistant Professor of Classics at the University of Texas, Austin. He received his PhD in Classical Studies from the University of Minnesota and taught at Harvard University prior to his current appointment. His publications include Public Needs and Private Pleasures: Water Distribution, the Tiber River, and the Urban Development of Ancient Rome (2000) and Roman Builders: A Study in Architectural Process (2003).

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