9780190863166

The World Underfoot Mosaics and Metaphor in the Greek Symposium

by
  • ISBN13:

    9780190863166

  • ISBN10:

    0190863161

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2018-07-11
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Purchase Benefits
  • Free Shipping On Orders Over $35!
    Your order must be $35 or more to qualify for free economy shipping. Bulk sales, PO's, Marketplace items, eBooks and apparel do not qualify for this offer.
  • Get Rewarded for Ordering Your Textbooks! Enroll Now
List Price: $85.00 Save up to $2.55
  • Buy New
    $82.45
    Add to Cart Free Shipping

    NOT YET PRINTED. PLACE AN ORDER AND WE WILL SHIP IT AS SOON AS IT ARRIVES.

Supplemental Materials

What is included with this book?

  • The New copy of this book will include any supplemental materials advertised. Please check the title of the book to determine if it should include any access cards, study guides, lab manuals, CDs, etc.

Summary

In the Greek Classical period, the symposium--the social gathering at which male citizens gathered to drink wine and engage in conversation--was held in a room called the andron. From couches set up around the perimeter, symposiasts looked inward to the room's center, which often was decorated with a pebble mosaic floor. These mosaics provided visual treats for the guests, presenting them with images of mythological scenes, exotic flora, dangerous beasts, hunting parties, or the spectre of Dionysos: the god of wine, riding in his chariot or on the back of a panther. In The World Underfoot, Hallie M. Franks takes as her subject these mosaics and the context of their viewing. Relying on discourses in the sociology and anthropology of space, she presents an innovative new interpretation of the mosaic imagery as an active contributor to the symposium as a metaphorical experience. Franks argues that the images on mosaic floors, combined with the ritualized circling of the wine cup and the physiological reaction to wine during the symposium, would have called to mind other images, spaces, or experiences, and in doing so, prompted drinkers to reimagine the symposium as another kind of event--a nautical voyage, a journey to a foreign land, the circling heavens or a choral dance, or the luxury of an abundant past. Such spatial metaphors helped to forge the intimate bonds of friendship that are the ideal result of the symposium and that make up the political and social fabric of the Greek polis.

Author Biography


Hallie M. Franks is Associate Professor of Ancient Studies at New York University's Gallatin School of Individualized Study and the author of Hunters, Heroes, Kings: The Frieze of Tomb II at Vergina (2012).

Table of Contents


List of Illustrations
Introduction

Chapter 1. The Symposium, the Andron, the Mosaics
Chapter 2. The Journey Out: Symposium at Sea
Chapter 3. The Journey In: Dionysos the Traveler
Chapter 4. The Journey Around: Turns and Turn-taking
Chapter 5. The Journey Back: Symposia of the Past

Conclusion
References

Rewards Program

Write a Review