By Anthony F. Mangieri
The Trojan warfare starts and ends with the sacrifice of a virgin princess. The grotesque killing of a girl should have captivated old humans as the delusion of the sacrificial virgin resonates powerfully within the arts of historical Greece and Rome. such a lot students agree that the Greeks and Romans didn't perform human sacrifice, so why then do the myths of virgin sacrifice seem repeatedly in paintings and literature for over a millennium? Virgin Sacrifice in Classical paintings: girls, service provider, and the Trojan War seeks to reply to this question.
This booklet tells the tales of the sacrificial maidens which will support the reader become aware of the meanings sure up in those myths for old humans. In exploring the representations of Iphigeneia and Polyxena in Greek, Etruscan, and Roman artwork, this e-book bargains a broader cultural heritage that finds what humans within the historical global have been looking in those tales. the result's an interdisciplinary examine that gives new interpretations at the which means of the sacrificial virgin as a cultural and ideological development. this can be the 1st book-length examine of virgin sacrifice in historic artwork and the 1st to supply an interpretive framework during which to appreciate its imagery.