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Title: Greek myths abroad : a comparative regional study of their funerary uses in fourth-century BC Apulia and Etruria
Author: Riedemann Lorca, Valeria
ISNI:       0000 0004 6346 6916
Awarding Body: University of Oxford
Current Institution: University of Oxford
Date of Award: 2015
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This dissertation presents a regional comparative study of the uses of Greek heroic stories as illustrated on funerary monuments of Apulia and Etruria in the fourth century BC. Founded on the grounds of contextual archaeology and reception theory, it approaches a group of Apulian red-figure vases, Etruscan sarcophagi and tomb-paintings from both regions as a means of investigating the cultural significance of the myths presented in the grave by different peoples in Italy. Moreover, this study emphasises the possible ways in which viewers engaged with the images depicted on these monuments by defining a cultural frame ('horizon of expectations') for their interpretation of the images. Further contributions include the development of a model for the interpretation of the myths depicted on Apulian red-figure vases and the prominence of the corpus of Etruscan mythological sarcophagi, a type of monument often neglected in Etruscan studies. At the end of the dissertation, it will become clear - it is expected - that there were regional preferences for particular myths and differences in both the media and the ways in which Greek myths were used and displayed during the funeral.
Supervisor: Smith, Roland Sponsor: Becas Chile ; Wiener-Anspach Postgraduate Fellowship
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Mythology ; Greek ; in art ; Sepulchral monuments--Italy ; Sepulchral monuments--Etruria--Greek influences ; Tombs--Italy ; Tombs--Etruria ; Italy--Antiquities ; Etruscan ; Puglia (Italy)--Antiquities ; Greek ; Etruria--Antiquities