The Parallel Worlds of Classical Art and Text

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Overview

Considering the relationship between artists and texts throughout classical antiquity, this study systematically applies new and objective criteria to judge the fidelity between picture and text. It becomes clear that artists illustrate stories, not texts, and Jocelyn Penny Small argues that artistic transmissions follow the model of oral, not textual, transmission where the variant rules and there is no original. Pictures on vases, she demonstrates, should not be used to reconstruct lost literary works.

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"[Small] offers a useful preface for informed new approaches

"This is a courageous work. A study tackling a millenium of text and art will perhaps cause some people to miss a more lengthy discussion of topics like the Pempeian wall-paintings, but Small consistently addresses the best-case examples of the approach she is challenging, and can therefore faitly claim that her fidnings will be valid for otehr examples as well." - The classical bulletin Graham Zanker, University of Canterbury

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521815222
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 270
  • Product dimensions: 6.85 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Meet the Author

Jocelyn Penny Small is Professor II at Rutgers University in the Department of Art History. A recipient of Woodrow Wilson, Guggenheim and other fellowships, she is the author of books and articles on aspects of classical art, most recently Wax Tablets of the Mind: Cognitive Studies of Literacy and Memory in Classical Antiquity.

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Table of Contents

1. What does it mean to illustrate a text?; 2. The evidence from Archaic and Early Classical Greek art; 3. The evidence for Greek plays; 4. The evidence from Hellenistic and Roman art; 5. Illustrated text from antiquity; 6. There is no original!

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