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Corinth in Context

Comparative Studies on Religion and Society


Edited by Steve Friesen, Dan Schowalter and James Walters

This volume is the product of an interdisciplinary conference held at the University of Texas at Austin. Specialists in the study of inscriptions, architecture, sculpture, coins, tombs, pottery, and texts collaborate to produce new portraits of religion and society in the ancient city of Corinth. The studies focus on groups like the early Roman colonists, the Augustales (priests of Augustus), or the Pauline house churches; on specific cults such as those of Asklepios, Demeter, or the Sacred Spring; on media (e.g., coins, or burial inscriptions); or on the monuments and populations of nearby Kenchreai or Isthmia. The result is a deeper understanding of the religious life of Corinth, contextualized within the socially stratified cultures of the Hellenistic and Roman periods.

Edited by Ioannis Mylonopoulos

The polytheistic religious systems of ancient Greece and Rome reveal an imaginative attitude towards the construction of the divine. One of the most important instruments in this process was certainly the visualisation. Images of the gods transformed the divine world into a visually experienceable entity, comprehensible even without a theoretical or theological superstructure. For the illiterates, images were together with oral traditions and rituals the only possibility to approach the idea of the divine; for the intellectuals, images of the gods could be allegorically transcended symbols to reflect upon. Based on the art historical and textual evidence, this volume offers a fresh view on the historical, literary, and artistic significance of divine images as powerful visual media of religious and intellectual communication.

Imperial Women

A Study in Public Images, 40 BC - AD 68


Portraits of women -- on coins, public monuments, and private luxury objects --became an increasingly familiar sight throughout the Roman Empire. These portraits, always freighted with political significance, communicated social messages about the appropriate roles, behavior, and self-presentation of women.
This book traces the emergence and development of the public female portrait, from Octavia, the first Roman woman to be represented on coinage, to the formidable and ambitious Agrippina the Younger, whose assassination demonstrated to later women the limits of official power they could demand.

Argolo-Korinthiaka I

Proceedings of the First Montreal Conference on the Archaeology and History of the North East Peloponnesos (McGill University, November 1993)


John M. Fossey

Contributors: D. Baronowski, A. Foley, J.M. Fossey, G. Gauvin, R. Greenfield, J. Morin, P.J. Smith.

Antiquitates Proponticae, Circumponticae et Caucasicae II

Proceedings of the first international conference on the archaeology and history of the Black Sea


John M. Fossey

Fossey, J.M. & Smith, P.J. (Ed.) Antiquitates Proponticae, Circumponticae et Caucasicae II 1997
Proceedings of the First International Conference on the Archaeology and History of the Black Sea (McGill University, November 1994).
Contributors: R. Doneva, J.M. Fossey, G. Gauvin, D. Kacharava, L. Kamperídis, S.A. Krebs, V. Licheli, J. Morin, G. Tsetskhladze, K. Tuite.

MUMCAH 19 (1997), 190 p. + pocket map. 21x29 cm. - 66.00 EURO, ISBN: 9050634788

Interpretatio Etrusca

Greek Myths on Etruscan Mirrors

van der Meer

This is the first book in which special atten-tion is paid to the Etruscan interpretation of Greek mythical representations on Etruscan bronze mirrors. The book focuses on representations with inscriptions (c. 480-250 B.C.). These epigraphic scenes raise many questions. Did the engravers and patrons understand Greek myths? Were the engravers inspired by visual, oral or literary sources or by a combination thereof? What was their modus operandi? In which art forms can visual precedents be found? Introductory chapters shed light on the status of Etruscan mirrors, their owners, givers and recipients; furthermore production centres, distribution, the influence of Attic and South Italian red figure vases and the shifting interest in themes are discussed. More than one hundred mirror-representa-tions are analysed in chronological order, according to general themes: lovewrestling, abduction, immortality, healing, purification, divination, rescue, birth, rebirth, adoption, rejuvenation, dilemma, contest, victory, the relationship between mother and sons, couples, toilet, music and suicide.

Boeotia Antiqua III

Papers in Boiotian History, Institutions and Epigraphy in Memory of Paul Roesch


John M. Fossey and P.J. Smith

Boeotia Antiqua II

Papers on Recent Work in Boiotian Archaeology and Epigraphy


Edited by John M. Fossey and P.J. Smith