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When we try to make sense of pictures, what do we gain when we use a particular method - and what might we be missing or even losing ? Katharina Lorenz's new study on ancient mythological images and their interpretations was funded by an AHRC research fellowship grant and developed in conjunction with her teaching, especially in the module Q83VIS Visual Mythology. In this book, empirical experimentation on three types of mythological imagery - a Classical Greek pot, a frieze from Hellenistic Pergamon and a second-century CE Roman sarcophagus - enables Katharina to demonstrate how theoretical approaches to images (specifically, iconology, semiotics, and image studies) impact the meanings we elicit from Greek and Roman art. A guide to Classical images of myth, and also a critical history of Classical archaeology's attempts to give meaning to pictures, this book establishes a dialogue with the wider field of art history and proposes a new framework for the study of ancient visual culture.
Available in both paperback and hardback from Cambridge University Press.
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