Personification in the Greek World: From Antiquity to Byzantium

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Finding personification to be a ubiquitous pattern of thought in the ancient Greek world, classicists and other scholars from Europe and Australia explore its manifestation in Greek literature, art, and religion from its pre-Homeric origins to the medieval period of Byzantium. The topics include light and divine image in ancient Greece, Eros at the Parthenaea, personification of the Iliad and Odyssey in Hellenistic and Roman art, rivers of Roman Antioch, and the labors of the twelve months in 12th-century Byzantine. The 21 papers are from a September 2002 conference in London. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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1 Hesiod in context : abstractions and divinities in an Aegean-Eastern koine 3
2 Disaster revisited : Ate and the Litai in Homer's Iliad 21
3 Brightness personified : light and divine image in ancient Greece 29
4 The gender of death 45
5 The Greek heroes as a 'personification' of the past in the present 69
6 Neo-platonic personification 77
7 Side : the personification of the pomegranate 99
8 Personified abstractions in Laconia : suggestions on the origins of Phobos 111
9 Situational aesthetics : the deification of Kairos, son of Hermes 123
10 Eros at the Panathenaea : personification of what? 135
11 The muses : creativity personified? 147
12 A lover of his art : the art-form as wife and mistress in Greek poetic imagery 161
13 Personifications of the Iliad and Odyssey in Hellenistic and Roman art 173
14 Eunomia or 'make love not war'? : Meidian personifications reconsidered 193
15 From drunkenness to a hangover : maenads as personifications 211
16 Personifications and paideia in late antique mosaics from the Greek East 231
17 Rivers of Roman Antioch 247
18 Poleos erastes : the Greek city as the beloved 267
19 Personification in impersonal context : late Roman bureaucracy and the illustrated Notitia dignitatum 285
20 Good luck and good fortune to the queen of cities : empresses and Tyches in Byzantium 293
21 The labours of the twelve months in twelfth-century Byzantium 309
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