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Eros and Erotes in the Late Antique Mosaics of Antioch

Title: Eros and Erotes in the Late Antique Mosaics of Antioch.
Name(s): Neuenfeldt, Lori P., author
Jones, Lynn, professor directing thesis
Emmerson, Richard, committee member
Freiberg, Jack, committee member
Department of Art History, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2009
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: This paper examines representations of Eros and Erotes and their functions in Late Antique mosaics within the specific context of Antioch. A study of these twenty mosaics is important for art historians who want to understand the evolution of Erotes' iconography and how these particular mosaics functioned in the lives of Antioch's aristocrats during Late Antiquity. The development of Eros and Erotes in art parallels the literary origins of Eros and Erotes. The popularity of these motifs was also deeply connected to the identity of contemporary Antiochenes who viewed Erotes as symbols of Antioch's land and water resources. Motifs featuring Eros and Erotes were not merely decorative, as some scholars suggest, but were in fact intentionally placed to visually associate the patron with wealth and classical ideals and to convey status within their own social circles. The mosaics of the Constantinian Villa will serve as a case study, demonstrating that patrons were not only aware of the multiple interpretations of Eros and Erotes but specifically used the multivalent imagery to enhance the rituals enacted in their daily lives. Images of Eros and Erotes, as the visually ideal versions of youths, alluded to perfection and prosperity for the wealthy patron. Enhanced by the presence of young male servants within the domestic residence, these images made visual connections between art and reality and myth and life.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-2640 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the Department of Art History in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts.
Degree Awarded: Spring Semester, 2009.
Date of Defense: March 23, 2009.
Keywords: Eros, Erotes, Antioch, Mosaics, Late Antique, Late Antiquity, Constantinian Villa, Triclinium, Symposium, Nymphaeum, Roman
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Lynn Jones, Professor Directing Thesis; Richard Emmerson, Committee Member; Jack Freiberg, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Arts
Art -- History
Archaeology -- History
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Owner Institution: FSU

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