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Images of myths in classical antiquity
Woodford, Susan.
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Cambridge, U.K. ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2003.
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xxvi, 305 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm
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N7760 .W66 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Myths inspired Greek and Roman artists to rise to the challenge of conveying flowing narratives in static form. This book describes the different ways painters, sculptors and other artists explored and exploited the dense forest of myth. It explains how formulas were devised for certain stories; how these could be adapted, developed and even transferred to other contexts; how one myth could be distinguished from another - or confused with it; how myths related to daily life or political propaganda; and the influence of evolving tastes. Written in a lively and accessible style, fully illustrated with examples drawn from a wide range of media, Images of Myths in Classical Antiquity provides fresh and stimulating insights into the representation of myths in Greek and Roman art.

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Woodford (Univ. of London) offers an excellent introduction to learning about the various ways ancient painters and sculptors portrayed myth in Greek and Roman times. The author, a recognized authority in the field of ancient art, takes the reader on a journey into the types of myths represented, the range of possible readings of images, and the various problems that confront scholars in interpreting scenes found in different works of art. She also discusses the meaning of myths to ancients. The book is very well illustrated and covers a broad range of both Greek and Roman works of art. The style of writing is lucid and the presentation of material is excellent. A must for any undergraduate course dealing with either classical mythology or Greek and Roman art, and a wonderful guide for general lay audiences interested in various areas of antiquity, especially avid museum-goers, who want to learn about Greek and Roman myths and their representation in ancient art. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. General readers; lower-division undergraduates through faculty. J. Pollini University of Southern California