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The phantom image : seeing the dead in ancient Rome


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Crowley, Patrick R.:
The phantom image : seeing the dead in ancient Rome.
Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2019. - xi, 308 S.
ISBN 978-0-226-64829-3


How could something as insubstantial as a ghost be made visible through the material grit of stone and paint? In this original and wide-ranging study, Patrick R. Crowley uses the figure of the ghost to offer a new understanding of the status of the image in Roman art and visual culture. Tracing the shifting practices and debates in antiquity about the nature of vision and representation, Crowley shows how images of ghosts make visible structures of beholding and strategies of depiction. Yet the figure of the ghost simultaneously contributes to a broader conceptual history that accounts for how modalities of belief emerged and developed in antiquity. Neither illustrations of ancient beliefs in ghosts nor depictions of the afterlife more generally, these images ultimately show us something about the visual event of seeing itself. The Phantom Image will be essential for anyone interested in ancient art, visual culture, and the history of the image

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Item Type:Book
Subjects:Kulturgeschichte der Antike > Traum, Vision
Religion, Oberbegriff > Religion der Römer
Religion, Oberbegriff > Religion der Römer > Jenseitsvorstellung, röm.
Uncontrolled Keywords:Geister <Motiv>
Römisches Reich
Römisches Reich ; Geister <Motiv> ; Kunst
Deposited On: 23. Oct 2020 19:16
Last Modified: 16. Nov 2020 19:31
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