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Aniconism in Greek Antiquity

Milette Gaifman


This book explores a phenomenon known as aniconism — the absence of figural images of gods in Greek practiced religion and the adoption of aniconic monuments, namely objects such as pillars and poles, to designate the presence of the divine. Shifting our attention from the well-known territories of Greek anthropomorphism and naturalism, it casts new light on the realm of non-figural objects in Greek religious art. Drawing upon a variety of material and textual evidence dating from the rise of the Greek polis in the eighth century bc to the rise of Christianity in the first centuries ad, this b ... More

Keywords: aniconism, aniconic monuments, pillars, poles, divine, anthropomorphism, naturalism, Greek religious art, Christianity, cults

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199645787
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199645787.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Milette Gaifman, author
Associate Professor of Greek Art and Archaeology, Departments of Classics and History of Art, Yale University