What do Greek myths mean and how was meaning created for the ancient viewer? In Art, Myth and Ritual in Classical Greece, Judith Barringer considers the use of myth on monuments at several key sites - Olympia, Athens, Delphi, Bassai, and Trysa - showing that myth was neither randomly selected nor purely decorative. The mythic scenes on these monuments had meaning, the interpretation of which depends on context. Barringer explains how the same myth can possess different meanings and how, in a monumental context, the mythological image relates to the site and often to other monuments surrounding it, which redouble, resonate, or create variation on a theme. The architectural sculpture examined here is discussed in a series of five case studies, which are chronologically arranged and offer a range of physical settings, historical and social circumstances, and interpretive problems. Providing new interpretations of familiar monuments, this volume also offers a comprehensive way of seeing and understanding Greek art and culture as an integrated whole.
Author: Judith M. Barringer Publisher: Cambridge University Press Published: 07/21/2008 Pages: 284 Binding Type: Paperback Weight: 1.55lbs Size: 9.90h x 7.00w x 0.90d ISBN: 9780521646475
Review Citation(s): Choice 04/01/2009
About the Author Barringer, Judith M.: - Judith M. Barringer is Professor of Greek Art and Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh. The author of The Hunt in Ancient Greece and Divine Escorts: Nereids in Archaic and Classical Greek Art, she has received awards and fellowships such as the National Endowment for the Humanities at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens and the British Academy Larger Research Grant, as well as awards from the Loeb Classical Library Foundation and the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland.