Living with Myths: The Imagery of Roman Sarcophagi

Living with Myths: The Imagery of Roman Sarcophagi

Hardback Oxford Studies in Ancient Culture & Representation

By (author) Paul Zanker, By (author) Bjorn C. Ewald, Translated by Julia Slater

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Hardback | 440 pages
  • Dimensions: 224mm x 276mm x 34mm | 1,778g
  • Publication date: 8 February 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0199228698
  • ISBN 13: 9780199228690
  • Edition statement: Translation
  • Illustrations note: Numerous black and white and colour illustrations
  • Sales rank: 1,518,865

Product description

Roman sarcophagi have fascinated posterity since the Middle Ages, largely because of their mythological reliefs. Living with Myths provides a comprehensive introduction to this important genre, exploring such subjects as the role of the mythological images in everyday life of the time, the messages they convey about the Romans' view of themselves, and the reception of the sarcophagi in later European art and art history. The volume is fully illustrated with high-quality photographs, which enable readers to appreciate the artistic quality of the reliefs and to explore for themselves the messages they convey. Together with the text, which includes analyses of specific sarcophagi, the pictures open up a panorama of Roman cultural history in the 2nd to the early 4th centuries CE.

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Author information

Paul Zanker is Professor of Ancient Art History, Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa. Bjorn C. Ewald is Assistant Professor of Art, University of Toronto.

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a great book, superbly illustrated, and worth every penny ... a vivid and welcome insight into the thought-world of the Roman people. T. P. Wiseman, Times Literary Supplement

Table of contents

1 ; Images with a long history ; Mourning, grief, and comfort: the solace of myth ; Visions of bliss ; Image cultivation, role images, and ideals ; Images and values in transition ; 2. DOCUMENTATION