Modes of Viewing in Hellenistic Poetry and Art (Wisconsin Studies in Classics) (Hardcover)

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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.

About the Author

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.

Praise For…

“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

Product Details
ISBN: 9780299194505
ISBN-10: 0299194507
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Publication Date: December 15th, 2003
Pages: 248
Language: English
Series: Wisconsin Studies in Classics

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