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Getting in Contact: Concepts of Human—Divine Encounter in Classical Greek Art

Jan N. Bremmer and Andrew Erskine

in The Gods of Ancient Greece

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780748637980
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748670758 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748637980.003.0007
Getting in Contact: Concepts of Human—Divine Encounter in Classical Greek Art

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The paper treats the visualization of epiphany and theoxeny in ancient Greek art with particular reference to votive reliefs, such as those dedicated to Asklepios, Aphrodite, Herakles and the Dioskouroi. It discusses some images showing the direct encounter with the divine, most of them from the fifth and fourth century BC. It points out their significant characteristics and analyzes them, showing that different concepts of gods are reflected in different modes of epiphany.

Keywords: Epiphany; Theoxeny; Art; Votive reliefs; Asklepios; Aphrodite; Herakles; Dioskouroi

Chapter.  7739 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religion in the Ancient World

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