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Distorted Ideals in Greek Vase-Painting: The World of Mythological Burlesque (Paperback)

David Walsh

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ISBN 10: 1107669650 / ISBN 13: 9781107669659
Edité par CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS, United Kingdom, 2014
Neuf(s) Etat : New Paperback
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Language: English . Brand New Book. This book examines Greek vase-paintings that depict humorous, burlesque, and irreverent images of Greek mythology and the gods. Many of the images present the gods and heroes as ridiculous and ugly. While the narrative content of some images may appear to be trivial, others address issues that are deeply serious. When placed against the background of the religious beliefs and social frameworks from which they spring, these images allow us to explore questions relating to their meaning in particular communities. Throughout, we see indications that Greek vase-painters developed their own comedic narratives and visual jokes. The images enhance our understanding of Greek society in just the same way as their more sober siblings in serious art. N° de réf. du libraire AAC9781107669659

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Titre : Distorted Ideals in Greek Vase-Painting: The...

Éditeur : CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS, United Kingdom

Date d'édition : 2014

Reliure : Paperback

Etat du livre :New

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This book examines Greek vase-paintings that depict humorous, burlesque, and irreverent images of Greek mythology and the gods. Many of the images present the gods and heroes as ridiculous and ugly. While the narrative content of some images may appear to be trivial, others address issues that are deeply serious. When placed against the background of the religious beliefs and social frameworks from which they spring, these images allow us to explore questions relating to their meaning in particular communities. Throughout, we see indications that Greek vase-painters developed their own comedic narratives and visual jokes. The images enhance our understanding of Greek society in just the same way as their more sober siblings in 'serious' art.

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'? highly readable ? Walsh has offered up a publication that is both solid and timely.' American Journal of Archaeology

'? a mature, judicious and very readable account ?' Times Literary Supplement

'Anyone interested in ancient humor will be off to a good start with Walsh's book.' Classical World

'Based on a catalogue of 144 vases, over half of them illustrated, this user-friendly book will especially interest scholars of ancient Greek art, drama and culture who want an introduction to and thoughtful discussion of this puzzling group of images.' Phoenix

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