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Dionysos in Archaic Greece: An Understanding Through Images (Religions in the Graeco-Roman World) [Hardcover]

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For the Greek, Dionysos was a very important god: for individuals as well as for the community as a whole. As there are only a few written sources dating from before the 5th Century BC, the many images of Dionysos on Greek vases may well offer a genuine approach to the meaning given by the ancient viewer. This book explores the earliest images followed by those on small vases for private use, on mixing bowls of the symposion, on amphoras, on later drinking cups and on archaic sculptures. It gives an overview of Dionysian iconography of the 5th Century BC as well as an overall interpretation. The reader will learn why this god of vine and wine, of theatre and ecstasy, was so important for humans and why he played a key role in the life of the polis. Dionysos war fur die Griechen ein Gott von zentraler Bedeutung, sowohl im Leben des Einzelnen wie der Gemeinschaft. Weil vor dem 5. Jahrhundert v.Chr. sehr wenige Schriftzeugnisse existieren, konnen uns die vielen Darstellungen des Dionysos auf griechischen Vasen am ehesten einen Zugang zu dem vermitteln, was der antike Mensch uber ihn dachte. Analysiert werden zuerst die fruhesten Bilder, dann jene auf kleinen individuell gebrauchten Vasen, auf grossen, beim Symposion verwendeten Mischgefassen, auf Amphoren, auf den spateren Trinkschalen und schliesslich in der archaischen Skulptur. Das Buch schliesst mit einem Ausblick auf die Bildgeschichte des Dionysos im 5. Jahrhundert v.Chr. und einer umfassenden Deutung. Diese Interpretation hilft zu verstehen, warum Dionysos, der Gott der Rebe und des Weins, des Theaters, der Ekstase, fur den antiken Menschen so wichtig war und auch im offentlichen Leben der klassischen Polis eine so grosse Rolle gespielt hat.

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Studio: Brill Academic Publishers
Pages   291
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.7" Width: 6.5" Height: 1"
Weight:   1.9 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Dec 31, 2006
Publisher   Brill Academic Publishers
ISBN  9004144455  
ISBN13  9789004144453  

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