Art and Myth in Ancient Greece: A HandbookPaperback World of Art
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- Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
- Format: Paperback | 256 pages
- Dimensions: 150mm x 208mm x 20mm | 540g
- Publication date: 1 March 1991
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0500202362
- ISBN 13: 9780500202364
- Edition statement: Pod ed.
- Sales rank: 183,593
The Greek myths are so much a part of our visual and literary culture that we tend to forget how they entered it in the first place. The most familiar sources are the great works of Homer or the Greek dramatists but they were addressing an audience intimately familiar with the stories and so are often allusive and incomplete. There is no surviving account in ancient Greek literature of stories as important as the fall of Troy or Theseus, and the Minotaur, and it is to the visual sources that we have to turn to much of our knowledge of the myths.
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Here is the first comprehensive survey of the treatment of myth by Greek artists. With its copious illustrations, it forms an indispensable and unrivaled reference work for everybody interested in the art, drama, poetry, anthropology or religion of ancient Greece.