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Modes of Viewing in Hellenistic Poetry and Art

Graham Zanker (author)

ISBN: 9780299194543

Publication Date: Mar 2008

Format: Paperback

Also available as: Hardback  

Taking a look at the poetry and visual art of the Hellenistic age, from the death of Alexander the Great in 323 BC to the Romans' defeat of Cleopatra in 30 BC, this book makes discoveries about the assumptions and conventions of Hellenistic poets and artists and their audiences.
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Taking a fresh look at the poetry and visual art of the Hellenistic age, from the death of Alexander the Great in 323 B.C. to the Romans' defeat of Cleopatra in 30 B.C., Graham Zanker makes enlightening discoveries about the assumptions and conventions of Hellenistic poets and artists and their audiences.Zanker's exciting new interpretations closely compare poetry and art for the light each sheds on the other. He finds, for example, an exuberant expansion of subject matter in the Hellenistic periods in both literature and art, as styles and iconographic traditions reserved for grander concepts in earlier eras were applied to themes, motifs, and subjects that were emphatically less grand.

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The most up-to-date, comprehensive, and synthetic treatment of the activity of viewing in the Hellenistic world. - Jon Steffen Bruss, The Classical Review "No other book currently exists that so systematically attempts to unite evidence from art and poetry to construct a Hellenistic 'mode of viewing.' The originality of the work lies in the way it brings together material that is usually discussed in isolation." - Alexander Sens, Georgetown University
Illustrations 38 b/w photos
Pages 248
Date Published 30 Mar 2008
Publisher The University of Wisconsin Press
Series Wisconsin Studies in Classics
Subject/s Literary studies: classical, early & medieval   Literary studies: poetry & poets   History of art: ancient & classical art,BCE to c 500 CE  
Graham Zanker is professor of Classics at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. He is the author of The Heart of Achilles and Realism in Alexandrian Poetry.

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