Greek Mythology in Byzantine Art

Greek Mythology in Byzantine Art

Kurt Weitzmann
Copyright Date: 1984
Pages: 298
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    Greek Mythology in Byzantine Art
    Book Description:

    Kurt Weitzmann demonstrates that the postulated miniatures of the handbook that goes under the name of Apollodorus migrated into other texts, of which the commentary of Pseudo-Nonnus--attached to several homilies of Gregory of Nazianzus--and the Cynegetka of Pseudo-Oppian are the most important.

    Originally published in 1984.

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    eISBN: 978-1-4008-5742-5
    Subjects: Art & Art History

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-vi)
    (pp. vii-x)
    (pp. xi-xvi)
  4. Table of Contents
    (pp. xvii-2)
    (pp. 3-5)

    The illustrations of the commentaries to some of the homilies of Gregory of Nazianzus, written by a certain Nonnus, generally called Pseudo-Nonnus, the mythological miniatures of theCynegehcaof Pseudo-Oppian in the Venetian manuscript, and a considerable number of ivory plaques of the so-called rosette caskets constitute the main material on which the present study is based. It must be made clear right at the outset that it has not been our intention to collect all available evidence which has a bear-ing on the problem of the survival of classical representations in the Middle Byzantine period. We have limited our...

    (pp. 6-92)

    To four of the homilies of Gregory of Nazianzus a commentary was written which has come down to us under the title Συναγωγή καί έξήγησις ών έμνήσθη ίστοριών ο έν πατήρ ήμών Гρηγόριος. This piece of writing is quite unique among the patristic commentaries since it does not deal with a theological interpretation of the homilies of Gregory, but takes up only the allusions to subjects of classical antiquity and describes each of them in a short paragraph or ίστορία

    This collection of “historiae” must have been quite popular since it was often used and parts of it were directly...

    (pp. 93-151)

    Greek writers of the classical period used to insert in their texts now and then allusions to mythological stories, counting on the intelligence of the general reading public to understand them. Such allusions may be found in almost any kind of text, including scientific treatises and didactic poems such as theCynegeticaof Oppian, which describe in a poetical language the prosaic theme of the various techniques of hunting with dogs. According to present scholarly opinion theseCynegeticawere not written by Oppian of Cilicia who wrote theHalieutica,another didactic poem which deals with the techniques of fishing, but...

    (pp. 152-188)

    The first volume of the corpus of the Byzantine ivories¹ comprises the caskets which on account of their typical ornamental borders are commonly called “rosette caskets” and which were made for secular use, presumably to hold wedding gifts. One group of these caskets, named in the corpus “antikisierende Kästen,” is predominantly, though not exclusively, classical in the subject matter of the adorning plaques.² It is the largest in number and at the same time contains examples of the greatest artistic quality, as e.g. the casket from Veroli in London (figs. 214, 227, 229, 232, 247).³ The chief peculiarities of its...

    (pp. 189-208)

    Janus-faced, our study has looked backward into the Greco-Roman and forward into the Middle Byzantine periods. For a better understanding of the character of the mythological miniatures in the Pseudo-Nonnus and the Pseudo-Oppian manuscripts we had, of course, to try to trace the classical models on which the mediaeval copies are based. Unfortunately we soon had to realize that the direct models are all lost, models which, in our opinion, consisted of miniatures either in papyrus rolls or codices of either papyrus or parchment after this new book form had begun to replace the roll at the end of the...

  10. INDEX
    (pp. 209-218)
  11. PLATES
    (pp. I-LX)