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From Pergamon to Sperlonga: Sculpture and Context / Edition 1

From Pergamon to Sperlonga: Sculpture and Context / Edition 1

by Nancy T. de Grummond, Brunilde S. Ridgway


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This volume brings together the work of leading scholars on two of the most important, yet puzzling, extant ensembles of Hellenistic Age sculpture: the Great Altar at Pergamon, with its Gigantomachy and scenes from the life of Telephos, and the Cave at Sperlonga in Italy, with its epic themes connected especially with the adventures of Odysseus. From Pergamon to Sperlonga has three aims: to update the scholarship on two important monuments of ancient art and architecture; to debate questions of iconography, authorship, and date; and to broaden the scope of discussion on these monuments beyond the boundaries of studies done in the past.
In addition, the volume brings forward new ideas about how these two monuments are connected and discusses possible means by which stylistic influences were transmitted between them.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520223271
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 02/18/2001
Series: Hellenistic Culture and Society , #34
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 339
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Nancy T. de Grummond is M. Lynette Thompson Professor of Classics at Florida State University and editor of An Encyclopedia of the History of Classical Archaeology (1996), among other books. Brunilde S. Ridgway is Rhys Carpenter Professor Emerita of the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology at Bryn Mawr College. She is the author most recently of Prayers in Stone: Greek Architectural Sculpture (ca. 600-100 b.c.e.) (California, 1999).

Table of Contents


Introduction, by Nancy T. de Grummond and Brunilde S. Ridgway
Culture as Policy: The Attalids of Pergamon, by Erich S. Gruen
Pergamo ara marmorea magna: On the Date, Reconstruction, and Functions of the Great Altar of Pergamon, by Andrew Stewart
Pergamon to Hierapolis: From Theatrical "Altar" to Religious Theater, by Mary C. Sturgeon
The Sperlonga Sculptures: The Current State of Research, by Brunilde S. Ridgway
The Phantom of a Rhodian School of Sculpture, by J. J. Pollitt
Odysseus at Sperlonga: Hellenistic Hero of Roman Heroic Foil? by H. Anne Weis
Pergamon and Sperlonga: A Historian's Reactions, by Peter Green
Ubiquitous Barbarians: Representations of the Gauls at Pergamon and Elsewhere, by John R. Marszal
Influences on Etruscan Hellenistic Art, by Stephan Steingräber
Guals and Giants, Skylla and the Palladion: Some Responses, by Nancy T. de Grummond
Appendix: Literary Sources for Sperlonga


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