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Flesheaters : an international symposium on Roman sarcophagi : University of California at Berkeley 18-19 September 2009

Author: Christopher H Hallett; Deutsches Archäologisches Institut,; University of California, Berkeley,
Publisher: Wiesbaden : Reichert Verlag, [2019] ©2019
Series: Sarkophag-Studien, Bd. 11.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Conference publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In this volume a number of Classicists, Classical Archaeologists, and Ancient Historians--most of them not sarcophagus specialists--all attempt to ask some of the most fundamental questions about Roman mythological sarcophagi. Why was Greek myth such a popular choice for the decoration of these monumental marble coffins? How should we interpret the particular myths that were chosen? How easy--or difficult--was it to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Conference papers and proceedings
Congresses
Material Type: Conference publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Christopher H Hallett; Deutsches Archäologisches Institut,; University of California, Berkeley,
ISBN: 9783954904006 3954904004
OCLC Number: 1137207309
Language Note: Text in English; includes abstracts in English and German.
Notes: Conference proceedings.
At head of title: Deutsches Archäologisches Institut.
Description: x, 180 pages : illustrations ; 31 cm.
Contents: Foreword : living with death / by Timothy J. Clark --
Introduction : Roman decorated sarcophagi as a source for the cultural historian / by Christopher H. Hallett --
Puttin the deceased in the picture : pictorial devices as visual cues / by Paul Zanger --
Why mythology? / by Alan Cameron --
The violence of emotions : death, myths, and empathy in Rome (and Etruria) / by Francesco de Angelis --
Mythologizing death : sylvae and sarcophagi / by Kathleen M. Coleman --
Vivi vecerunt : Roman sarcophagi for and by the living / by Ruth Bielfeldt --
Isolating the deceased int he picture : tools and technique on mythological sarcophagi / by Mont Allen --
Standardization and transformation : some observations on the sarcophagus trade and sarcophagus production / by Michael Koortbojian --
Hidden splendour : the display context of metropoligan sarcophagi / by Barbara E. Borg --
Mythology and sarcophagi at Aphrodisias and Rome / by R.R.R. Smith --
Roundtable discussion / by Christopher H. hallett.
Series Title: Sarkophag-Studien, Bd. 11.
Responsibility: Christopher H. Hallett (ed.).

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In this volume a number of Classicists, Classical Archaeologists, and Ancient Historians--most of them not sarcophagus specialists--all attempt to ask some of the most fundamental questions about Roman mythological sarcophagi. Why was Greek myth such a popular choice for the decoration of these monumental marble coffins? How should we interpret the particular myths that were chosen? How easy--or difficult--was it to identify and interpret the mythical stories represented? What emotions were these often violent and tragic stories meant to evoke in the mourner at the tomb? What does it mean when portrait figures are inserted into scenes of myth? How does it affect our interpretation of the mythical imagery that some sarcophagi were completely buried, and their carved reliefs completely concealed? And what might be the value of all these intricately carved marble sarcophagi for Roman social and cultural history? Unsurprisingly, there is a great deal of disagreement on these important questions among the various authors, and on what a cultural history written from the point of view of Roman funerary commemoration might look like. What all contributors to the volume seem to agree on, however, is that the great corpus of carved sarcophagus-reliefs holds out extraordinary--as yet unrealized--promise for the cultural historian. And this selection of essays, all starting from very different premises and assumptions, allows the reader a series of brilliant glimpses of what that promise might yet deliver: a more nuanced and more inclusive understanding of the strange and distinctive society that flourished under the Roman Empire during the second and third centuries AD.

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