California State University, Northridge WordmarkOviatt Library WordmarkOviatt Library Catalog Wordmark
Author Squire, Michael.
Title The Iliad in a nutshell : visualizing epic on the Tabulae Iliacae / Michael Squire.
Published Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2011.
Book Cover

 Floor4  PA4037 .S73 2011    IN LIBRARY
Description xxv, 467 p., [24] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 26 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. [417]-451) and indexes.
Summary "The 'Tabulae Iliacae' (Iliac tablets) are a collection of twenty-two miniature marble reliefs from the early Roman Empire; all of them are inscribed in Greek, and most depict the panoramic vistas of Greek epic. This book brings the tablets to life as never before, revealing the unassuming fragments as among the most sophisticated objects to survive from the ancient Mediterannean world. 'The Iliad in a Nutshell' is not only the first monograph on this material in English (accompanied by a host of new photographs, diagrams, and reconstructions), it also examines the larger cultural and intellectual stakes--both in classical antiquity and beyond. Where modern scholars have usually dismissed the 'Tabulae Iliacae' as secondary 'illustrations' and 'tawdry gewgaws', Michael Squire advances a diametrically opposite thesis: that these epigrammatic tablets synthesize ancient ideas about visual-verbal interaction on the one hand, and about the art and poetics of scale on the other. By reassessing the artistic and poetic aesthetics of the miniature, Squire's radical new appraisal shows how the tiny tablets encapsulate antiquity's grandest theories of originality, fiction, and replication. The book will be essential reading not just for classical philologists, art historians, and archaeologists, but for anyone interested in the intellectual history of western representation"--Publisher's description, p. [4] of dust jacket.
Subject Homer. Iliad.
Classical antiquities.
Art in literature -- Greece.
Relief (Art) -- Greece.
Miniature art -- Greece.
Alternate Title Visualizing epic on the Tabulae Iliacae
ISBN 0199602441
OCLC number 699767187