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Word And Image In Ancient Greece

Keith Rutter, Brian Sparkes

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In ancient Greek society communication was largely oral and visual. The epic poets sang and recited the legends that served the Greeks as their historical past; lyric and elegiac poets sang songs of love and death and celebrated military and sporting success to the accompaniment of the lyre and pipes; the art of rhetoric was a vital ingredient in speeches in the assembly and the law courts; in tragedies and comedies actors spoke to audiences of thousands. Of equal importance to the Greeks were the images with which they were always surrounded - civic and religious monuments, statuary, architectural decoration, and the scenes of myth, fantasy and everyday life with which their vases and vessels were painted and decorated.

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About the Author

Keith Rutter is Honorary Fellow & Professor Emeritus in Classics at the University of Edinburgh. He has published widely on the coinage and history of South Italy and Sicily in the Greek period. His publications include Campanian Coinages 475-380 BC (1979) and Greek Coinages of Southern Italy and Sicily (1997). He has been responsible for steering the Italian volume of the third edition of Historia Numorum towards publication (2001) by the British Museum Press.

Brian A. Sparkes is Emeritus Professor of Classical Archaeology at the University of Southampton.

Reviews

Word and Image has much to offer students of classical art and art history ... its essays raise many interesting ideas.
A stimulating book, of interest to those who deal with the visual as well as to those who deal with the verbal aspects of ancient Greece."
Essays here address important and highly debatable issues … each contributor has valid and valuable things to say
What we have here are the reworked texts of papers delivered at a conference organised in March 1999 to mark the establishment in Edinburgh of a biennial Visiting Research Professorship in Greek funded by the Leventis Foundation. The first holder was B.A. Sparkes. Many of the authors are scholars as distinguished as Sparkes himself. We eagerly await subsequent conferences and their publication in this series."

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