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The World UnderfootMosaics and Metaphor in the Greek Symposium$
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Hallie M. Franks

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190863166

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190863166.001.0001

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The Journey Back

The Journey Back

Symposia of the Past

5 The Journey Back
The World Underfoot

Hallie M. Franks

Oxford University Press

Chapter 5 deals with mosaics that depict centaurs and floral patterns, imagery that is often considered purely decorative. This chapter suggests that the mosaics under consideration here refer to Classical notions of early (as opposed to contemporary) symposia: while the lush abundance of the floral mosaics resituate symposiasts in an idyllic golden era, centaurs recall a brutish, precivilized past, during which the civility of the ideal symposium was impossible. Unlike the figural mosaics discussed in the previous chapters, which facilitate the removal of the symposiast from the quotidian to a foreign or exotic landscape, these mosaics resituate the symposiasts temporally.

Keywords:   Sikyon, Pella, Rhodes, Maroneia, centaur, vegetation, vine, primitivism, Golden Age, Herakles

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