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Word And Image In Ancient Greece
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Word And Image In Ancient Greece

N. Keith Rutter and Brian Sparkes

Abstract

In ancient Greek society, communication was largely oral and visual. The epic poets sang and recited the legends that served the Greeks as their historical past; the art of rhetoric was a vital ingredient in speeches in the assembly and the law courts; in tragedies and comedies actors spoke to audiences of thousands. Of equal importance to the Greeks were the images with which they were always surrounded: civic and religious monuments; statuary; architectural decoration; and the scenes of myth, fantasy and everyday life with which their vases and vessels were painted and decorated. This book e ... More

Keywords: Greece, communication, rhetoric, images, words, pottery, myths, mimesis, architectural decoration, monuments

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780748614066
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748614066.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

N. Keith Rutter, author

Brian Sparkes, author