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Ars in their ‘I’s: authority and authorship in Graeco-Roman visual culture1

Michael Squire

in The Author's Voice in Classical and Late Antiquity

Published in print October 2013 | ISBN: 9780199670567
Published online January 2014 | e-ISBN: 9780191758188 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199670567.003.0014
Ars in their ‘I’s: authority and authorship in Graeco-Roman visual culture1

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This chapter investigates the hermeneutics of the signature in Greek and Roman visual culture. Ancient artists, it argues, exploited artistic agency as a meaning-making mechanism. The chapter focusses on the common practice of craftsmen working under the name of a more celebrated artist, taking as a particular case study the Iliac tablets. Created in the first century AD, several associate themselves with the ‘Theodorean techne’. This chapter argues that this is a form of pseudonymity: the creator wished to imbue his work with the authority of an Archaic sculptor.

Keywords: visual culture; signature; pseudonymity; iliac tablets

Chapter.  20821 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Classical Literature ; Classical Philosophy

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