Art, Myth and Ritual in Classical Greece

Art, Myth and Ritual in Classical Greece


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What do Greek myths mean and how was meaning created for the ancient viewer? In Art, Myth, and Ritual in Classical Greece, Judith Barringer considers the use of myth on monuments at several key sites - Olympia, Athens, Delphi, and Trysa - showing that myth was neither randomly selected nor purely decorative. The mythic scenes on these monuments had meaning, the interpretation of which depends on context. Barringer explains how the same myth can possess different meanings and how, in a monumental context, the mythological image relates to the site and often to other monuments surrounding it, which redouble, resonate, or create variation on a theme. The architectural sculpture examined here is discussed in a series of five case studies, which are chronologically arranged and offer a range of physical settings, historical and social circumstances, and interpretive problems. Providing new interpretations of familiar monuments, this volume also offers a comprehensive way of seeing and understanding Greek art and culture as an integrated whole.

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  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 180 x 256 x 24mm | 861.82g
  • CambridgeUnited Kingdom
  • English
  • 159 b/w illus.
  • 0521641349
  • 9780521641340

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'This is a welcome addition to the fast-growing literature on the meaning of myth in ancient Greek visual culture.' American Journal of Archaeology 'Barringer's book gives a comprehensive introduction to the discourse of myth as it has been seen and understood within the study of Greek art ... Barringer's book unfolds unexpected and diverse perspectives on the complex reaction between religion, ritual, myth and art.' Arctos

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About Judith M. Barringer

Judith M. Barringer is Professor of Greek Art and Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh. The author of The Hunt in Ancient Greece and Divine Escorts: Nereids in Archaic and Classical Greek Art, she has received awards and fellowships such as the National Endowment for the Humanities at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens and the British Academy Larger Research Grant, as well as awards from the Loeb Classical Library Foundation and the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland.

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