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Author Mangieri, Anthony F., author.

Title Virgin Sacrifice in Classical Art : women, agency, and the Trojan War / Anthony F. Mangieri
Published New York, NY : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2018
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Description 1 online resource (xvi, 222 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations (some color)
Series Routledge research in gender and art
Routledge research in gender and art.
Contents Introduction: Virgin Sacrifice in Classical Art and Society -- What Makes a Virgin Sacrifice? -- The Sacrifice of Iphigeneia -- The Sacrifice of Polyxena -- War and Womanhood: Virgin Sacrifice and the Trojan War -- The Sacrificial Virgins and Female Agency -- Conclusion: The Princess and the Knife -- Catalog of representations of Iphigeneia and Polyxena in Greek, Etruscan, and Roman art
Summary "The Trojan War begins and ends with the sacrifice of a virgin princess. The gruesome killing of a woman must have captivated ancient people because the myth of the sacrificial virgin resonates powerfully in the arts of ancient Greece and Rome. Most scholars agree that the Greeks and Romans did not practice human sacrifice, so why then do the myths of virgin sacrifice appear persistently in art and literature for over a millennium? Virgin Sacrifice in Classical Art: Women, Agency, and the Trojan War seeks to answer this question. This book tells the stories of the sacrificial maidens in order to help the reader discover the meanings bound up in these myths for historical people. In exploring the representations of Iphigeneia and Polyxena in Greek, Etruscan, and Roman art, this book offers a broader cultural history that reveals what people in the ancient world were seeking in these stories. The result is an interdisciplinary study that offers new interpretations on the meaning of the sacrificial virgin as a cultural and ideological construction. This is the first book-length study of virgin sacrifice in ancient art and the first to provide an interpretive framework within which to understand its imagery"--Provided by publisher
Notes "An Ashgate Book"
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 172-193) and index
Notes Online resource; title from digital title page (ProQuest Ebook Central, viewed January 14, 2019)
Subject Trojan War.
Art, Classical -- Themes, motives
Human sacrifice in art.
Sacrifice of virgins.
Trojan War -- Art and the war.
Women in art.
Women -- History -- To 500.
Art and war.
Art, Classical -- Themes, motives.
Human sacrifice in art.
Sacrifice of virgins.
Women in art.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1315230828