M.A. (Master of Arts)
Department of Art and Design
Art history; Art; Classical--Study and teaching
From the late Neolithic period to the Hellenistic period, ancient Greek literature and art are filled with images of the escapades of children, both mortal and immortal. What distinguishes the representations in the Hellenistic period, however, is that they appear to reflect a society-wide change in the perception and valuation of children. This shift is demonstrated by the appearance of new forms of iconography as seen by the extant examples of freestanding and relief sculpture. The purpose of this thesis is to explore these supposedly new forms of iconography, including their character and number, and to compare them with their earlier Classical counterparts, thereby assessing whether they do indeed constitute a shift not only in imagery but also in social attitudes toward children.
Heller, Alexandra L., "The representation of children in Hellenistic sculpture : continuity or change?" (2018). Graduate Research Theses & Dissertations. 6216.
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