Art in the Era of Alexander the Great: Paradigms of Manhood and Their Cultural Traditions
In this book, Ada Cohen focuses on art produced in Macedonia during the late Classical and early Hellenistic period, which coincides with the reigns of Philip II, his famous son Alexander the Great, and their immediate successors. Although inspired by traditional Greek themes and ideals, this body of artwork articulated specifically Macedonian aspirations. Cohen focuses on three key "masculine" themes - warfare, hunting, and abduction of women - exploring their visual and conceptual interconnections. She demonstrates their preoccupation with the visual celebration of violence and studies the analogies they draw among the ideological categories of "enemy," "animal," and "woman." Simultaneously historical and thematic, Cohen's text is structured around select paintings and mosaics from northern Greek sites, such as Pella and Vergina, and from both secular and funerary contexts. She also examines monuments from other ancient contexts and in other media to illuminate specific questions of style, theme, and meaning.
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THEMES AND ISSUES
FIGURAL MOSAICS IN THE HOUSE OF
The deer hunt
Absorption or theatricality?
Abduction or rape?
Identities in stories of mythological abduction
MASTER OF LIONS AND OTHER ANIMALS
WAR AS HUNT HUNT AS WAR?
Abduction of Helen Abduction of Persephone Alexander Mosaic Alexander Sarcophagus Alexander’s Amazon Amazonomachy ancient andrones Andronikos 1984 animal Archaeological Museum argued artists associated Athenian Athens Attic battle boar hunt body Cassander century B.C.E. chariot chiton color connection context Craterus culture dated decorated deer Deianira Demeter depicted difﬁcult Dionysus discussion female ﬁeld ﬁfth century ﬁg ﬁght ﬁgures ﬁnds ﬁrst fourth century frieze funerary Greece Greek grifﬁns Hades Hellenistic Heracles heroes heroic Heroon horse human hunter hydria iconography identiﬁed imagery images inﬂuence interpretation king Leucippides lion attacking lion hunt Macedonian male marble masculine metaphor monument motif mythological nude Painter Palagia Pausanias Pella Pella mosaic Persephone Persephone’s Persian Philip Photo pictorial Pirithous Plutarch pose rape red-ﬁgure relief rendered rider Roman royal Saatsoglou-Paliadeli sarcophagus scene Scythian sexual signiﬁcant spear speciﬁc stag stele story themes Theseus tion tomb trans vase Vergina Vergina hunt Vergina painting victim viewer violence visual woman women Xenophon