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The Gods of Ancient GreeceIdentities and Transformations$
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Jan Bremmer and Andrew Erskine

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780748637980

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748637980.001.0001

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Getting in Contact: Concepts of Human—Divine Encounter in Classical Greek Art

Getting in Contact: Concepts of Human—Divine Encounter in Classical Greek Art

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(p.106) 6 Getting in Contact: Concepts of Human—Divine Encounter in Classical Greek Art
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The Gods of Ancient Greece
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Jan N. Bremmer

Andrew Erskine

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748637980.003.0007

The paper treats the visualization of epiphany and theoxeny in ancient Greek art with particular reference to votive reliefs, such as those dedicated to Asklepios, Aphrodite, Herakles and the Dioskouroi. It discusses some images showing the direct encounter with the divine, most of them from the fifth and fourth century BC. It points out their significant characteristics and analyzes them, showing that different concepts of gods are reflected in different modes of epiphany.

Keywords:   Epiphany, Theoxeny, Art, Votive reliefs, Asklepios, Aphrodite, Herakles, Dioskouroi

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