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Divine Images and Human Imaginations in Ancient Greece and Rome (Joannis Mylonopoulos (ed)) Hardcover Book, (Brill, 2010) 9789004179301
Divine Images and Human Imaginations in Ancient Greece and Rome (Joannis Mylonopoulos (ed)) Hardcover Book, (Brill, 2010) 9789004179301
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Title: Divine Images and Human Imaginations in Ancient Greece and Rome

Author: Mylonopoulos, Joannis (ed)

Publisher: Brill; Publication Date: 2010

Hardcover; ISBN: 9789004179301

Volumes: 1; Pages: 456

List Price in Cloth: $200.00 Our price: $169.99

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The polytheistic religious systems of ancient Greece and Rome reveal an imaginative attitude towards the construction of the divine. One of the most important instruments in this process was certainly the visualisation. Images of the gods transformed the divine world into a visually experienceable entity, comprehensible even without a theoretical or theological superstructure. For the illiterates, images were together with oral traditions and rituals the only possibility to approach the idea of the divine; for the intellectuals, images of the gods could be allegorically transcended symbols to reflect upon. Based on the art historical and textual evidence, this volume offers a fresh view on the historical, literary, and artistic significance of divine images as powerful visual media of religious and intellectual communication.
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