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The Sea Of Gods, Heroes and Men in Ancient Greek Art (parallel text, English/Greek)

By Aliki Samara-Kauffmann

The Sea Of Gods, Heroes and Men in Ancient Greek Art (parallel text, English/Greek)
Hardback, 176 pages £34.00
Published: 2008
ISBN: 9789607037954
Format: 243mm x 225mm
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Subjects: Archaeology, Classical Studies and Ancient History, History, Maritime Studies

This book was published to coincide with an exhibition mounted in both France and Greece, dedicated to marine representations on vases, and particularly those inspired by mythology.  Large numbers of vases – both Attic and Corinthian – were channelled to the markets of the West, particularly to Etruria, where they were found in their thousands during excavations in the 19th century, arousing the admiration of archaeologists.

Thanks to the variety of shapes and decorated surfaces found in vases, the art of pottery developed a more extensive repertoire of subjects related to the sea than any other art form.

The first part of this book examines forty-two characteristic examples of marine iconography, which come mainly from the collections of the Louvre, though also from those of other museums. These are divided into four groups: marine fauna and seafaring, the deities of the deep, the voyages of gods and heroes who crisscrossed the ocean, and, finally, the miraculous birth of the goddess who emerged from the waves, Aphrodite, born from the foam. The variety and aesthetic quality of marine scenes in vase-painting reveal once more the importance of the sea to Greek civilization.

The second part of the book contains more specialist articles on the iconography of the sea, and on various aspects of marine archaeology, contributed by both French and Greek experts in the field.

100 col. Illus.

Prologue Moses and Rachel Kapon
Introduction, Aliki Samara-Kauffmann, archaeologist, Academic Colleague at the Louvre Museum

Part I The world of the sea in ancient Greek pottery

Main Greek vase shapes Drawing by Paolo Nadalini
Notions of ancient Greek pottery
The kingdom of the sea
The gods of the sea
Geneaological tables of the Greek gods
  Poseidon and Amphitrite
  The sons of Poseidon and other sea monsters
  Nereus and his daughters
Gods and heroes travel
The birth of Aphrodite

Part II Stories of the Sea

The two faces of the sea
Noëlle Icard / Anne-Violaine Szabados, Équipe du LIMC, CNRS, Paris

The contest between Athena and Poseidon for Athens
Michalis Tiverios, University of Thessaloniki

Tears of stone. The grave stele of the shipwrecked sailor in the Calvet Museum, Avignon
Odile Cavalier, Collections of Antiquties of the Calvet Museum, Avignon

A unique naval monument: The Victory of Samothrac
Alain Pasquier, Département des AGER du musée du Louvre

A Nereid from Samos. The iconography of the 'marine thiasos' in mosaics found in Greece
Vasiliki Yannouli, Twenty-First Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities.

Index - glossary of mythological figures
Index of objects
Bibliography and abbreviations        

ALIKI SAMARA-KAUFFMANN Archaeologist and member of the Department of Etruscan, Greek and Roman Antiquities, Louvre Museum, Paris

CONTRIBUTORS:

Noëlle Icard / Anne-Violaine Szabados, Équipe du LIMC, CNRS, Paris

Michalis Tiverios, University of Thessaloniki

Odile Cavalier, Collections of Antiquties of the Calvet Museum, Avignon

Alain Pasquier, Département des AGER du musée du Louvre

Vasiliki Yannouli, Twenty-First Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities



Publication Details:


Binding:
 Hardback , 176 pages
ISBN:
 9789607037954
Format:
 243mm x 225mm
100 color illus.

BIC Code:
 1DV, ACG, HBLA1, HDDK
BISAC Code:
  ART015060, HIS002000, HIS039000, SOC003000
Imprint:
 Kapon Editions


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