Philostratus the Elder, Imagines. Philostratus the Younger, Imagines. Callistratus, Descriptions

Philostratus the Elder, Imagines. Philostratus the Younger, Imagines. Callistratus, Descriptions

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Overview


This volume presents kindred works important for evidence relating to late Greek art. They are attributed to two men each known as Philostratus and to a third man called Callistratus, otherwise unknown. To an elder Philostratus, the Lemnian, born ca. 190 CE, junior kinsman of the Philostratus who wrote the Life of Apollonius of Tyana and Lives of the Sophists, is attributed the series of 65 'Eikones' or 'Imagines', descriptions (in two books) ostensibly of paintings in a gallery at Naples. A younger Philostratus, apparently his grandson, is credited with 17 similar descriptions. The 14 'Ekphraseis' attributed to Callistratus are descriptions of statues in stone or bronze, written probably in the fourth century CE. It is not known to what extent the descriptions are of real works of art, but they show how artists treated their subjects, and are written with some artistic knowledge. Yet rhetorical skill dominates: these pieces were written to display the writers' powers of description.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674992825
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 01/01/1931
Series: Loeb Classical Library , #256
Edition description: 5th printing/1st pub.1931
Pages: 480
Product dimensions: 4.25(w) x 6.38(h) x (d)

About the Author

Arthur Fairbanks (1864–1944) taught Greek and archaeology at the Universities of Iowa and Michigan and was Curator of Classical Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Table of Contents

List Of Descriptions

List Of Illustrations

Bibliography

Philostratus The Elder

Introduction

Imagines

Book I

Book II

Philostratus The Younger

Introduction

Imagines

Callistratus

Introduction

Descriptions

Index

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