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Six - Distinguishing the Mythological

Function and Form

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  13 January 2023

Mont Allen
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Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
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This chapter addresses the question of whether we have drawn too strong a distinction between the mythic and the non-mythic. What happens if we consider not iconographic criteria, but modal ones? Taken from the viewpoint of function rather than subject matter, the distinction between mythic and mythless imagery becomes shaky indeed. This chapter first revisits the relationship between the mythological and the so-called biographical sarcophagi, then shows how close attention to Roman sculptural technique – what we might call “material iconography” – provides traction for understanding how Roman viewers imagined the relationship between these genres.

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The Death of Myth on Roman Sarcophagi
Allegory and Visual Narrative in the Late Empire
, pp. 167 - 196
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2022

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  • Distinguishing the Mythological
  • Mont Allen, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
  • Book: The Death of Myth on Roman Sarcophagi
  • Online publication: 13 January 2023
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009039031.007
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  • Distinguishing the Mythological
  • Mont Allen, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
  • Book: The Death of Myth on Roman Sarcophagi
  • Online publication: 13 January 2023
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009039031.007
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  • Distinguishing the Mythological
  • Mont Allen, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
  • Book: The Death of Myth on Roman Sarcophagi
  • Online publication: 13 January 2023
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009039031.007
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