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Title: Art and Inscriptions in the Ancient World
Author: Newby, Zahra Ruth Leader-Newby (eds)
Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Publication Date: 2007
Hardcover; ISBN: 9780521868518
Volumes: 1; Pages: 247
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The ancient visual environment was packed with instances where words and images appeared side by side: statues with dedicatory inscriptions, labels on paintings or mosaics, or complex juxtapositions of images and engraved texts on funerary monuments. In the past these elements have often been divorced from one another and studied in isolation. In this volume art historians and epigraphers have come together to look at the complex ways in which images and words interacted with one another, illustrating, explaining or reinterpreting each other or, conversely, making competing demands upon the viewer. Their essays range widely in their focus from archaic Greek pottery through Hellenistic honorific statues and Pompeian wall-paintings to Late Roman mosaics. The insights that emerge contribute to our wider picture of the relationships between art and text in the ancient world, as well as illuminating the complexity and variety in ancient material culture.ContentsIntroduction Zahra NewbyPart I. Inscribing Images, Illustrating Texts: Juxtapositions of Text and Image1. The problems with honouring Samos: an Athenian document relief and its interpretation Alastair Blanshard2. Idem ego sum discumbens, ut me videtis: inscription and image on Roman ash chests Glenys Davies3. A painted garland: weaving words and images in the House of the Epigrams at Pompeii Bettina Bergmann4. The motto in the grotto: inscribing illustration and illustrating inscription at Sperlonga Michael SquirePart II. Images and their Labels5. Writing on archaic Greek pottery Robin Osborne and Alexandra Pappas6. Reading the allegory of the Archesilaos relief Zahra Newby7. Inscribed mosaics in the Late Roman Empire: perspectives from East and West Ruth Leader-NewbyPart III. Inscriptions and their Statues8. Hellenistic honorific statues and their inscriptions John Ma9. Reusing statues, rewriting inscriptions and bestowing honours in Roman Athens Julia L. Shear10. 'Honour takes wing': unstable images and anxious orators in the Greek tradition Verity Platt.