Living with Myths

Living with Myths : The Imagery of Roman Sarcophagi

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

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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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  • Hardback | 440 pages
  • 224 x 276 x 34mm | 1,778.07g
  • 08 Feb 2013
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford
  • English
  • Translation
  • Numerous black and white and colour illustrations
  • 0199228698
  • 9780199228690
  • 1,620,229

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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 A major contribution to the study of Roman sarcophagi Lee Ann Riccardi, Phoenix

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