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Art and Inscriptions in the Ancient World

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ISBN-10: 0521868513

ISBN-13: 9780521868518

Edition: 2006

Authors: Zahra Newby, Ruth Leader-Newby

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The ancient visual environment was packed with instances where words and images appeared side by side: statues with dedicatory inscriptions, labels on paintings or mosaics, or complex juxtapositions of images and engraved texts on funerary monuments. In the past these elements have often been divorced from one another and studied in isolation. In this volume art historians and epigraphers have come together to look at the complex ways in which images and words interacted with one another, illustrating, explaining or reinterpreting each other or, conversely, making competing demands upon the viewer. Their essays range widely in their focus from archaic Greek pottery through Hellenistic honorific statues and Pompeian wall-paintings to Late Roman mosaics. The insights that emerge contribute to our wider picture of the relationships between art and text in the ancient world, as well as illuminating the complexity and variety in ancient material culture.
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Book details

List price: $179.99
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 12/21/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 322
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.782
Language: English

Zahra Newby is Lecturer in Classics and Ancient History at the University of Warwick. She has published articles on ecphrasis, art and identity, and mythological imagery and has recently published Greek Athletics in the Roman World (2005).

Ruth Leader-Newby studied at Cambridge, the Courtauld Institute of Art and Harvard and held a British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at King's College London. She is the author of Silver and Society in Late Antiquity (2004).

Introduction
Inscribing Images, Illustrating Texts: Juxtapositions of Text and Image
The problems with honouring Samos: an Athenian document relief and its interpretation
Idem ego sum discumbens, ut me videtis: inscription and image on Roman ash chests
A painted garland: weaving words and images in the House of the Epigrams at Pompeii
The motto in the grotto: inscribing illustration and illustrating inscription at Sperlonga
Images and their Labels
Writing on archaic Greek pottery
Reading the allegory of the Archesilaos relief
Inscribed mosaics in the Late Roman Empire: perspectives from East and West Ruth
Inscriptions and their Statues
Hellenistic honorific statues and their inscriptions
Reusing statues, rewriting inscriptions and bestowing honours in Roman Athens
'Honour takes wing': unstable images and anxious orators in the Greek tradition