The Ancient Mediterranean Sea in Modern Visual and Performing Arts: Sailing in Troubled Waters

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Rosario Rovira Guardiola
Bloomsbury Publishing, Dec 14, 2017 - Art - 344 pages
When thinking about the Mediterranean, Fernand Braudel's haunting words resound like an echo of the sea and its millenary history. From Prehistory until today, the Mediterranean has been setting, witness and protagonist of mythical adventures, of encounters with the Other, of battles and the rise and fall of cultures and empires, of the destinies of humans. Braudel's appeal for a long durée history of the Mediterranean challenged traditional views that often present it as a sea fragmented and divided through periods.

This volume proposes a journey into the bright and dark sides of the ancient Mediterranean through the kaleidoscopic gaze of artists who from the Renaissance to the 21st century have been inspired by its myths and history. The view of those who imagined and recreated the past of the sea has largely contributed to the shaping of modern cultures which are inexorably rooted and embedded in Mediterranean traditions. The contributions look at modern visual reinterpretations of ancient myths, fiction and history and pay particular attention to the theme of sea travel and travellers, which since Homer's Odyssey has become the epitome of the discovery of new worlds, of cultural exchanges and a metaphor of personal developments and metamorphoses.

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Part 1 The Mediterranean as a Geographical Space
Part 2 Living and Dying in Troubled Waters
The Artist and the Sea
Part 4 Sea Politics
Part 5 Contemporary Uses of the Classica lMediterranean
Nem Gregos nem Troianos

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Rosario Rovira Guardiola works in the Department of Greece and Rome at the British Museum, UK. She was Project Curator for the exhibition Hadrian: Empire and Conflict and is now part of the project Pantanello: Unearthing the History of Hadrian's Villa.

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