Myth, Meaning, and Memory on Roman Sarcophagi

Myth, Meaning, and Memory on Roman Sarcophagi

by Michael Koortbojian
     
 

Michael Koortbojian brings a novel approach to his study of the role of Greek mythology in Roman funerary art. He looks at two myths—Aphrodite and Adonis and Selene and Endymion—not only with respect to their appearance on Roman sarcophagi, but also with regard to the myths' significance in the greater fabric of Roman life. Moving beyond the examination

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Michael Koortbojian brings a novel approach to his study of the role of Greek mythology in Roman funerary art. He looks at two myths—Aphrodite and Adonis and Selene and Endymion—not only with respect to their appearance on Roman sarcophagi, but also with regard to the myths' significance in the greater fabric of Roman life. Moving beyond the examination of these sarcophagi as artistic achievements, he sets them in their broader historical and social contexts.

Remembrance was an important factor in ancient social life and fueled the need for memorials.
In helping us to understand the powerful allusions that Greek myths presented for the Romans, and the role of those allusions in preserving the memory of the dead, Koortbojian effectively widens our vision of the ancient world.

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A study of Roman sarcophagi focusing on the mythological narratives of Adonis, Aphrodite, Endymion, and Selene. Koortbojian (fine arts, U. of Toronto) speculates on the interrelationship between myth and cultural identity, evoking from the sarcophagi representations a history of Roman preponderance for analogy and allusion characterizing the society's affinity to themes of fate and destiny. Includes black and white photographs of the sculptures. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520085183
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
10/02/1995
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
225
Product dimensions:
6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.75(d)

Meet the Author

Michael Koortbojian is Assistant Professor in the Department of Fine Arts, University of Toronto.

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