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Art and Myth in Ancient Greece

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Here is the first scholarly, comprehensive and succinct survey of the treatment of myth by the artists of ancient Greece. With its copious illustrations, it forms an indispensable and unrivaled reference work for everybody interested in art, drama, poetry, anthropology or religion.

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Paperback, 256 pages
Published January 17th 1991 by Thames & Hudson
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Margaret Sankey
Carpenter explores how changes in the visual representation of myths parallels the changing perception of the stories by Greek people--for example, Theseus' evolving role from killer of the Minotaur (establishing Athens over Crete) to hero of the Centaur War (establishing Athens over Persia) and then the backstory and emotional shading added by classical dramatists who took the material and ran with it.
Gavin White
I read this ages ago and have occasionally come back to it to explore certain chapters. The author takes various myths or heroes and explores them from an artistic and literary perspective. For me the real value of this book is that it shows that written myths and ancient art often don't correspond with each other. Greek artworks often show that there were alternative versions of myths known in ancient times with different protagonists or events. Sometimes one icon, for instance Pegasus and Medu ...more
Molly Ringle
I didn't read every word of all chapters; I skimmed some. But this was an interesting and different angle from which to come at Greek mythology, as well as serving as a useful bit of ancient art history. At least I now can use terms like "red-figure" and "black-figure," and have a better idea of why the scenes are often all jumbled together with lots of action seemingly happening at once. (Answer: because they didn't know about comic-book-style frames yet to separate one scene from another.)
This book was not the easiest to follow due to it's images set in clumps that one has to refer back to in order to understand the text. It would benefit much from having the image right next to the text. Someone reading this would need to have a clear knowledge of the myth behind the artwork to fully grasp the meanings of the readings. This would be a good book to pull images and text from for an in-class shared experience for the students.
I use this book for a art history class and it is very beneficial. Great pictures of the Ancient Greek arts and neatly captioned and very explanatory. If you are majoring in art, or interested in Ancient Greek art I highly recommend this book.
An excellent introduction to exactly that which it claims: Art and Myth in Ancient Greece. Text and illustrations are sufficient to fan the flames of a lifelong passion for all things Greek. Consider yourself warned.
Manuel Vega
The best are the pictures, grouped in myths. Really extensive. Unfortunately, the author avoids entirely other discussion than the artistic.
Spencer King
Readable, in-depth examination of Greek (primarily vase) representation of myth.
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