Ancient mythological images and their interpretation: an introduction to iconology, semiotics and image studies in classical art history

Lorenz, Katharina (2016) Ancient mythological images and their interpretation: an introduction to iconology, semiotics and image studies in classical art history. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. ISBN 9780521195089

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Abstract

When we try to make sense of pictures, what do we gain when we use a particular method - and what might we be missing or even losing? Empirical experimentation on three types of mythological imagery - a Classical Greek pot, a frieze from Hellenistic Pergamon and a second-century CE Roman sarcophagus - enables Katharina Lorenz to demonstrate how theoretical approaches to images (specifically, iconology, semiotics, and image studies) impact the meanings we elicit from Greek and Roman art. A guide to Classical images of myth, and also a critical history of Classical archaeology's attempts to give meaning to pictures, this book establishes a dialogue with the wider field of art history and proposes a new framework for the study of ancient visual culture. It will be essential reading not just for students of classical art history and archaeology, but for anyone interested in the possibilities - and the history - of studying visual culture.

This book:

- Proposes a new framework for the study of (ancient) visual culture based on engagement with Greek and Roman mythological imagery, appealing to those seeking to better their understanding of Greek and Roman cultural history.

- Relates historiography and method development in Classical archaeology and ancient art history to the art history of more modern periods, and will therefore be of interest to readers interested in the Classical world and those concerned with more recent historical periods.

- Tracks intellectual developments in different contexts and carves out their similarities and differences, speaking to readers from different intellectual backgrounds and familiarising them with broader developments in western European art history.

Item Type: Book
Keywords: Ancient Art, Classical Archaeology, Art History
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham UK Campus > Faculty of Arts > School of Humanities > Department of Classics
Depositing User: Lorenz, Katharina
Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2016 10:54
Last Modified: 03 Oct 2016 09:57
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/35495

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