Modes of Viewing in Hellenistic Poetry and Art

Overview

Taking a fresh look at the poetry and visual art of the Hellenistic age, from the death of Alexander the Great in 323 B.C. to the Romans’ defeat of Cleopatra in 30 B.C., Graham Zanker makes enlightening discoveries about the assumptions and conventions of Hellenistic poets and artists and their audiences.
    Zanker’s exciting new interpretations closely compare poetry and art for the light each sheds on the other. He finds, for example, an exuberant expansion of ...

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Overview

Taking a fresh look at the poetry and visual art of the Hellenistic age, from the death of Alexander the Great in 323 B.C. to the Romans’ defeat of Cleopatra in 30 B.C., Graham Zanker makes enlightening discoveries about the assumptions and conventions of Hellenistic poets and artists and their audiences.
    Zanker’s exciting new interpretations closely compare poetry and art for the light each sheds on the other. He finds, for example, an exuberant expansion of subject matter in the Hellenistic periods in both literature and art, as styles and iconographic traditions reserved for grander concepts in earlier eras were applied to themes, motifs, and subjects that were emphatically less grand.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780299194543
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
  • Publication date: 12/13/2007
  • Series: Wisconsin Studies in Classics Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Graham Zanker is professor of Classics at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. He is the author of The Heart of Achilles and Realism in Alexandrian Poetry.

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Table of Contents

Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
1 Aims, Approaches, and Samples 3
2 Full Presentation of the Image 27
3 Reader or Viewer Supplementation 72
4 Reader or Viewer Integration 103
5 An Eye for the New: Poetic Genres, Iconographical Traditions 124
6 Viewing Pleasure and Pain 144
Notes 171
Bibliography 201
Index 215
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