Living with Myths: The Imagery of Roman Sarcophagi

Hardcover | January 2, 2013

byPaul Zanker, Bjorn C. Ewald, Julia Slater

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Roman sarcophagi have fascinated posterity since the Middle Ages, largely because of their mythological reliefs. Living with Myths provides a comprehensive introduction to this important genre, exploring such subjects as the role of the mythological images in everyday life of the time, themessages they convey about the Romans' view of themselves, and the reception of the sarcophagi in later European art and art history. The volume is fully illustrated with high-quality photographs, which enable readers to appreciate the artistic quality of the reliefs and to explore for themselves the messages they convey. Together with the text, which includes analyses of specific sarcophagi, the pictures open up a panorama ofRoman cultural history in the 2nd to the early 4th centuries CE.

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Roman sarcophagi have fascinated posterity since the Middle Ages, largely because of their mythological reliefs. Living with Myths provides a comprehensive introduction to this important genre, exploring such subjects as the role of the mythological images in everyday life of the time, themessages they convey about the Romans' view of ...

Paul Zanker is Professor of Ancient Art History at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa. Bjorn C. Ewald is Assistant Professor in the Department of Art at the University of Toronto.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:400 pages, 10.87 × 8.62 × 0.01 inPublished:January 2, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199228698

ISBN - 13:9780199228690

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Images with a long historyMourning, grief, and comfort: the solace of mythVisions of blissImage cultivation, role images, and idealsImages and values in transitionDocumentation