Facing the Gods: Epiphany and Representation in Graeco-Roman Art, Literature and Religion by Verity PlattFacing the Gods: Epiphany and Representation in Graeco-Roman Art, Literature and Religion by Verity Platt

Facing the Gods: Epiphany and Representation in Graeco-Roman Art, Literature and Religion

byVerity Platt

Hardcover | September 26, 2011

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This is the first history of epiphany as both a phenomenon and as a cultural discourse within the Graeco-Roman world, exploring divine manifestations and their representations, in visual terms as well as in literary, historical and epigraphic accounts. Verity Platt sets the cultural analysis of epiphany within a historical framework that explores its development from the archaic period into the Roman empire. In particular, a surprisingly large number of the images that have survived from antiquity are not only religious, but epiphanically charged. Verity Platt argues that the enduring potential for divine incursions into mortal experience provides a structure of cognitive reliability that supports both ancient religion and mythology. At the same time, Graeco-Roman culture exhibits a sophisticated awareness of the difficulties of the apprehension of deity, the representation of divine presence, and the potential for the manmade sign to lead the worshipper back to an unmediated epiphanic encounter.
Title:Facing the Gods: Epiphany and Representation in Graeco-Roman Art, Literature and ReligionFormat:HardcoverDimensions:502 pages, 9.72 × 6.85 × 1.06 inPublished:September 26, 2011Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521861713

ISBN - 13:9780521861717

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Table of Contents

Introduction; Part I: 1. Framing epiphany in art and text; 2. Material epiphany: encountering the divine in cult images; 3. Epiphany and authority in Hellenistic Greece; 4. The poetics of epiphany in Hellenistic epigram; Part II: 5. Virtual visions: piety and paideia in Second Sophistic literature; 6. Dream visions and cult images in Second Sophistic Linterature; 7. The apologetics of representation in Philostratus' Life of Apollonius of Tyana; Part III: 8. Dying to see: epiphanic sarcophagi from imperial Rome.

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