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Philostratus : Interpreters and Interpretation (Hardcover) (Graeme Miles)

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Philostratus is one of the greatest examples of the vitality and inventiveness of the Greek culture of his period, at once a one-man summation of contemporary tastes and interests and a strikingly individual re-inventor of the traditions in which he was steeped. This Roman-era engagement with the already classical past set important precedents for later understandings of classical art, literature and culture. This volume examines the ways in which the labyrinthine Corpus Philostrateum represents and interrogates the nature of interpretation and the interpreting subject. Taking ‘interpretation’ broadly as the production of meaning from objects that are considered to bear some less than obvious significance, it examines the very different interpreter figures presented: Apollonius of Tyana as interpreter of omens, dreams and art-works; an unnamed Vinetender and the dead Protesilaus as interpreters of heroes; and the sophist who emotively describes a gallery full of paintings, depicting in the process both the techniques of educated viewing and the various errors and illusions into which a viewer can fall.

Number of Pages: 186
Genre: History
Series Title: Image, Text and Culture in Classical Antiquity
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Author: Graeme Miles
Language: English
Street Date: December 11, 2017
TCIN: 53228926
UPC: 9781138219458
Item Number (DPCI): 248-61-1405
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