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Imagerie et mythes grecs dans l'art funéraire de l'Étrurie méridionale, IV-IIIe siècles

Abstract : The subject-matter of this essay is to look into the existence of Greek myths in the funerary art of the fourth and third centuries B.C within the geographical boundaries of southern Etruria.The first step was to collect works in which Greek myths were present. The collection was composed of two tombs, sixteen sarcophagi and sixteen ceramics. The next step was to further understand the links between these works as well as with contemporary works of the same type (same medium) outside the corpus. The study of the myths present on these works led to the discovery of three important iconographical sets: the first one evoking the persona of the hero, the second the Amazons through amazonomachies or other even less common scenes and the third , less developed, brought together episodes of the Trojan cycle. Then the representations of these myths were analysed in order to see if there were possible similarities between the representations of the same myths according to the collections; if the latter followed a specific pattern, in which case the notion of the model was looked into; if they were isolated cases; finally if there existed counterparts to these collections first in contemporary Etruscan art, then outside the time limits and geographical boundaries imposed by the essay as well as the question of the re-appropriation and the re-reading of these myths by the Etruscans. The Etruscan demons proved to be an important mark of the re-appropriation by Etruscan artists of certain Greek myths, turning them into characters deeply rooted in the core of mythical episodes. Thus an interpretation of the choices of these Greek myths was proposed, that would find its justification in historical elements belonging to the same period as the works of the corpus, namely the struggle of free Etruria against the expansion of Rome.
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Marion Garin. Imagerie et mythes grecs dans l'art funéraire de l'Étrurie méridionale, IV-IIIe siècles. Histoire. 2010. ⟨dumas-00593303⟩



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