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Image and Text in Graeco-Roman Antiquity


  • Author: Michael Squire, University of Cambridge and Humbolt Universität, Berlin
  • Date Published: February 2015
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107657540

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  • The relation between the visual and the verbal spheres has been much contested in recent years, from laments about the 'logocentricism' of the academy to the heralding of the 'pictorial turn' of the multimedia age. This lavishly illustrated book recontextualises these debates through the historical lens of Greek and Roman antiquity. Dr Squire shows how modern Western concepts of 'words' and 'pictures' derive from a post-Reformation tradition of theology and aesthetics. Where modern critics assume a bipartite separation between images and texts, classical antiquity toyed with a more playful and engaged relation between the two. By using the ancient world to rethink our own ideologies of the visual and the verbal, this interdisciplinary book brings together classics and art history, as well as a sustained reflection on their historiography: the result is a new and explosive cultural history of Western visual thinking.

    • Richly illustrated throughout, allowing readers to follow the visual arguments
    • An explosive cultural history of Western visual thinking
    • Makes a new and distinctive contribution to a variety of disciplines, building much-needed intellectual bridges
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    'This book is a major contribution to our understanding of image-text interactions in antiquity.' Bryn Mawr Classical Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2015
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107657540
    • length: 560 pages
    • dimensions: 243 x 170 x 28 mm
    • weight: 0.96kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface: kicking the habit?
    Part I:
    1. Words and pictures in a post-Lutheran age
    2. Towards an older Laocoon? Reviewing the 'limits' of painting and poetry in the Graeco-Roman world
    Part II:
    3. Materialising ecphrasis: image and word in the Sperlonga Grotto
    4. Speaking for pictures? Images, texts and modes of visual-verbal response in the 'House of Propertius' at Assisi
    Part III:
    5. Cyclopian iconotexts: the adventures of Polyphemus in image and text
    6. The art of nature and the nature of art: visual-verbal interactions in the consumption of Roman 'still-life' paintings
    Envoi: the bigger picture.

  • Author

    Michael Squire, University of Cambridge and Humbolt Universität, Berlin
    Michael Squire is a Research Fellow at Christ's College, Cambridge, and concurrently holds an Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship at Humboldt Universität, Berlin. He is also the co-author (with Nigel Spivey) of Panorama of the Classical World, 2nd edition (2004).

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