Art and Myth in Ancient Greece

Art and Myth in Ancient Greece : A Handbook

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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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  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 148 x 210 x 17.78mm | 540g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Pod ed.
  • 370 Illustrations, black and white
  • 0500202362
  • 9780500202364
  • 270,923

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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.
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About Thomas H. Carpenter

Thomas H. Carpenter is the Charles J. Ping Professor of Humanities and Professor of Classics at Ohio University. After earning his D. Phil in Classical Archaeology at the University of Oxford, he worked for four years as chief researcher at the Beazley Archive at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. He was awarded a degree in Theology at Harvard University. Professor Carpenter's other books include Mythology, Greek and Roman (1977), Dionysian Imagery in Archaic Greek Art (1986), and Dionysian Imageryin Fifth Century Athens (1997).
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