The Moral Mirror of Roman Art

The Moral Mirror of Roman Art

by Rabun Taylor
     
 

ISBN-10: 052186612X

ISBN-13: 9780521866125

Pub. Date: 05/12/2008

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This interdisciplinary study explores the meanings of mirrors and reflections in Roman art and society. When used as metaphors in Roman visual and literary discourses, mirrors had a strongly moral force, reflecting not random reality but rather a carefully filtered imagery with a didactic message. Focusing on examples found in mythical narrative, religious devotion

Overview

This interdisciplinary study explores the meanings of mirrors and reflections in Roman art and society. When used as metaphors in Roman visual and literary discourses, mirrors had a strongly moral force, reflecting not random reality but rather a carefully filtered imagery with a didactic message. Focusing on examples found in mythical narrative, religious devotion, social interaction, and gender relations, Rabun Taylor demonstrates that reflections served as powerful symbols of personal change. Thus, in both art and literature, a reflection may be present during moments of a protagonist's inner or outer transformation.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521866125
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
05/12/2008
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.97(w) x 9.96(h) x 0.91(d)

Table of Contents

1. The teaching mirror; 2. Mirrors mortal and morbid: Narcissus and Hermaphroditus; 3. DionysiusPerseus.

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