Myth into Art

Myth into Art : Poet and Painter in Classical Greece

By (author) H. Alan Shapiro

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Myth into Art is a comparative study of mythological narrative in Greek poetry and the visual arts. Thirty of the major myths are surveyed, focusing on Homer, lyric poetry and Attic tragedy. On the artistic side, the emphasis is on Athenian and South Italian vases. The book offers undergraduate students an introduction both to mythology and to the use of visual sources in the study of Greek myth.

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  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 156 x 232 x 16mm | 339.99g
  • 01 May 1994
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • ROUTLEDGE
  • London
  • English
  • 130 b&w halftones, bibliography
  • 0415067936
  • 9780415067935
  • 663,587

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'Shapiro extends to students and their lecturers an extremely compelling invitation to study Greek myth as it should be studied, holistically through the visual as well as the textual documentation.' - Scholia Reviews

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Myth Into Art is a study of Greek iconography, focusing on the depiction of myth on Greek painted pottery. Taking a comparative approach to narrative, Shapiro explores the different means by which poet and painter tell the same story. The book provides a clear, concise and lively interpretation of 30 of the best-known myths told in Homer, lyric poetry, and Attic tragedy, and focuses on the black- and red-figure vases of Athens and South Italy. With 130 illustrations in the text. Myth Into Art is an introduction both to mythology and to the use of visual sources in the study of Greek myth.

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