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Personification in the Greek World


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Contents: Editors' introduction. Part I Origins and Varying Modes of Personification: Hesiod in context: abstractions and divinities in an Aegean-Eastern koine, Walter Burkert; Disaster revisited: Ate and the Litai in Homer's Iliad, Naoko Yamagata; Brightness personified: light and divine image in ancient Greece, Eva Parisinou; The gender of Death, Diana Burton; The Greek heroes as a 'personification' of the past in the present, Kerasia Stratiki; Neo-platonic personification, Lucas Siorvanes. Part II Personification in Myth and Cult: Side: the personification of the pomegranate, Efthymios G. Lazongas; Personified abstractions in Laconia: suggestions on the origins of Phobos, Nicolas Richer; Situational aesthetics: the deification of Kairos, son of Hermes, Arlene Allan; Eros at the Panathenaea: personification of what?, Irina Kovaleva. Part III The Poet and his Work: The muses: creativity personified?, Penelope Murray; A lover of his art: the art-form as wife and mistress in Greek poetic imagery, Alan H. Sommerstein; Personification of the Iliad and Odyssey in Hellenistic and Roman art, Kristen Seaman. Part IV Looking at Personifications: Eunomia or 'make love not war'?: Meidian personifications reconsidered, Barbara E. Borg; From drunkenness to a hangover: maenads as personifications, Amy C. Smith; Personifications and paideia in Late Antique mosaics from the Greek East, Ruth Leader-Newby; Rivers of Roman Antioch, Janet Huskinson. Part V Images of Power, Time and Place: Poleos Erastes: the Greek city as the beloved, Yorgis Yatromanolakis; Personification in impersonal context: late Roman bureaucracy and the illustrated Notitia dignitatum, Iskra Gencheva-Mikami; Good luck and good fortune to the queen of cities: empresses and Tyches in Byzantium, Liz James; The labours of the twelve months in 12th-century Byzantium, Elizabeth Jeffreys. Consolidated bibliography; Indexes.

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Dr Emma Stafford is Lecturer the School of Classics at the University of Leeds, UK. Judith Herrin is Professor at the Centre for Hellenic Studies, King's College London, UK. Walter Burkert, Naoko Yamagata, Eva Parisinou, Diana Burton, Kerasia Stratiki, Lucas Siorvanes, Efthymios G. Lazongas, Nicolas Richer, Arlene Allan, Irina Kovaleva, Penelope Murray, Alan H. Sommerstein, Kristen Seaman, Barbara E. Borg, Amy C. Smith, Ruth Leader-Newby, Janet Huskinson, Yorgis Yatromanolakis, Iskra Gencheva-Mikami, Liz James, Elizabeth Jeffreys.


'Personification in the Greek World constitutes required reading for those researching personification or allegory in any period. Moreover, its wide range and interdisciplinary approach ensures that the book has relevance and appeal for a much wider audience. It will be of particular use to anyone interested in the relationships betwen men and women, art and text, and the Greeks and their gods.' Journal of Hellenic Studies

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