The Iliad in a Nutshell: Visualizing Epic on the Tabulae Iliacae (Hardback)
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The Iliad in a Nutshell: Visualizing Epic on the Tabulae Iliacae (Hardback)

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Hardback 528 Pages / Published: 06/10/2011
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The Iliad in a Nutshell has two objectives: first, it advances a new critical interpretation of the miniature Iliac tablets, or Tabulae Iliacae; second, it signals their relevance within much bigger issues facing the study of Graeco-Roman art and literature in the twenty-first century. By re-assessing the visual and verbal aesthetics of the miniature, Michael Squire shows how a group of early Imperial Roman objects relate to grander discourses about size, ecphrasis, and representation. The conclusions will be of critical importance not only to students of Graeco-Roman literary and visual culture, but to anyone interested in the cultural history of scale, replication, and visual-verbal relations. The volume is generously illustrated, in both black and white and colour.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199602445
Number of pages: 528
Weight: 1432 g
Dimensions: 249 x 194 x 36 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
S. has taken interpretation of the tablets to a new level ... His account, comprehensive and theoretically sophisticated, has much in common with the visual and literary production of Hellenistic Alexandria: it is highly complex, deeply learned, and knowingly playful. * John R. Clarke, Journal of Roman Studies *
In its physical weight and explicit ambition, it still manages to intimate its subject matter in being simultaneously intense and delicate. * Karel Thein, Listy Filologicke *
Squire offers rich analyses of various aspects of the Tabulae. * Gail Trimble, The Anglo-Hellenic Review No. 47 *
This is a remarkable and challenging book, full of learning and imagination ... Squire successfully challenges much of the received wisdom about the Tabulae Iliacae, provoking us to look at them anew even when we may not agree with his take on them. * Fred W. Jenkins, Bryn Mawr Classical Review *

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