Item #006518 Art and Myth in Ancient Greece. Thomas H. Carpenter.

Art and Myth in Ancient Greece

London: Thames and Hudson, 1991. Soft cover. 8vo. Fine. Item #006518

World of Art series. Soft cover. 256 pp. With 370 B&W illustrations. Light bumping and wear to corners, a few spots of neat pencil underlining and annotation. The Greek myths are so much a part of our visual and literary culture that we tend to forget how they entered it in the first place. The most familiar sources are the great works of Homer or the Greek dramatists but they were addressing an audience intimately familiar with the stories and are so often allusive and incomplete. There is no surviving account in ancient Greek literature of stories as important as the Fall of Troy or Theseus and the Minotaur. It is to the visual sources that we have to turn for much of our knowledge of the myths. Here is the first scholarly, comprehensive and succinct survey of the treatment of myth by Greek artists. With its copious illustrations, it forms an indispensible and unrivaled reference work, for everybody interested in the art, drama, poetry, anthropology, or religion of ancient Greece.

Price: $26.00

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