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Art, myth, and ritual in classical Greece

Author: Judith M Barringer
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2008.
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"What do Greek myths mean, and how was their meaning created for the ancient viewer? In Art, Myth, and Ritual in Classical Greece, Judith Barringer considers the use of myth on monuments at several key sites - Olympia, Athens, Delphi, and Trysa - showing that myth was neither randomly selected nor purely decorative. The mythic scenes on these monuments had meaning, the interpretation of which depended on context.  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Judith M Barringer
ISBN: 9780521641340 0521641349 9780521646475 0521646472
OCLC Number: 174134120
Description: xv, 267 pages : illustrations, maps ; 26 cm
Contents: The temple of Zeus at Olympia, heroic models, and the Panhellenic sanctuary --
The Athenian akropolis, female power, and state religion --
Making heroes in the Athenian agora --
Myth and religion at Delphi --
The cult of the individual and the realm of the dead.
Responsibility: Judith M. Barringer.
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A study of the relationship between architectural sculpture and myth in Classical Greece.  Read more...

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'This is a welcome addition to the fast-growing literature on the meaning of myth in ancient Greek visual culture.' American Journal of Archaeology 'Barringer's book gives a comprehensive Read more...

 
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