The Art of Then, That Became Part of Now

Title:
Art & Myth in Ancient Greece

Author:
T H Carpenter

Publisher:
Thames & Hudson

Part of the excellent World of Art series, the book explores how visual sources such as vase paintings, engraved gems and sculptures often predate literary references to the Greek myths which are so much a part of our culture today that we tend to forget how they entered it in the first place. In fact, in some cases visual art provides the only evidence – sometimes offering alternative, unfamiliar tellings – in the absence of surviving accounts in ancient Greek literature of such important stories as the Fall of Troy or Theseus and the Minotaur.