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Greek Views of Aniconism: The ‘Primitive’ Within

Milette Gaifman

in Aniconism in Greek Antiquity

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199645787
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191741623 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199645787.003.0004

Series: Oxford Studies in Ancient Culture & Representation

Greek Views of Aniconism: The ‘Primitive’ Within

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This chapter examines aspects of aniconism among a broad variety of authors ranging from Presocratic philosophers to early Christian apologists. Despite differences in genre and context, overarching themes emerge. These themes reveal, in particular, that alongside the de facto existence of aniconic cults and monuments, aniconism was seen as typical of what could be termed ‘primitive’, as a form of otherness, not merely without but also within, that implicitly articulated notions regarding the self.

Keywords: Presocratic philosophers; Christian apologists; aniconic cults; monuments; primitive; self

Chapter.  29516 words. 

Subjects: Greek and Roman Archaeology

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