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Epic Visions: Visuality in Greek and Latin Epic and its Reception

Epic Visions: Visuality in Greek and Latin Epic and its Reception

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Caroline Vout Edited by Helen Lovatt
Cambridge University Press, 8/15/2013
EAN 9781107039384, ISBN10: 110703938X

Hardcover, 376 pages, 24.8 x 17.8 x 1.9 cm
Language: English

This wide-ranging, interdisciplinary collection explores different ways of visualising Greek and Roman epic from Homer to Statius, in both ancient and modern culture. The book presents new perspectives on Homer, Virgil, Ovid, Lucan, Valerius Flaccus and Statius, and covers the re-working of epic matter in tragedy, opera, film, late antique speeches of praise, story-boarding, sculpture and wall-painting. The chapters use a variety of methods to address the relationship between narrative and visuality, exploring how and why epic has inspired artists, authors and directors, and offering fresh visual interpretations of epic texts. Themes and issues discussed include: intermediality, ekphrasis and panegyric, illusion and deception, imagery and deferral, alienation and involvement, the multiplicity of possible visual responses to texts, three-dimensionality, miniaturisation, epic as cultural capital, and the specificity of genres, both literary and visual.

Introduction Helen Lovatt and Caroline Vout
1. Seeing in the dark
kleos, tragedy and perception in Iliad 10 Jon Hesk
2. Operatic visions
Berlioz stages Virgil Helen Lovatt
3. Visualising Venus
epiphany and anagnorisis in Valerius Flaccus' Argonautica Emma Buckley
4. The look of the late antique emperor and the art of praise Roger Rees
5. Intermediality in Latin epic - en video quaecumque audita Martin T. Dinter
6. Viewing violence in Statius' Thebaid and the films of Quentin Tarantino Kyle Gervais
7. Storyboarding and epic Lynn S. Fotheringham and Matt Brooker
8. Epic in the round Caroline Vout
9. 'Split-screen' visions
Heracles on top of Troy in the Casa di Octavius Quartio in Pompeii Katharina Lorenz
10. Epic visions on the Tabulae Iliacae Michael Squire.