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The Author's Voice in Classical and Late Antiquity$
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Anna Marmodoro and Jonathan Hill

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199670567

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199670567.001.0001

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Ars in their ‘I’s: authority and authorship in Graeco-Roman visual culture 1

Ars in their ‘I’s: authority and authorship in Graeco-Roman visual culture 1

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The Author's Voice in Classical and Late Antiquity
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Michael Squire

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199670567.003.0014

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

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