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The Phantom ImageSeeing the Dead in Ancient Rome$
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Patrick R. Crowley

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780226648293

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226648323.001.0001

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A Grammar of Ghosts

A Grammar of Ghosts

(p.23) Chapter One A Grammar of Ghosts
The Phantom Image

Patrick R. Crowley

University of Chicago Press

This chapter explores the figure of the ghost to offer a new understanding of the status of the image in Roman art and visual culture. It shows how ancient depictions of ghosts operate recursively by depicting the conditions of depiction and even the visual event of seeing itself, and that this recursive play in turn makes visible the systems of classification that shape this relay.

Keywords:   Image, Depiction, Representation, Iconography, Greek art, Etruscan art, Sarcophagi, Aby Warburg, Second Sophistic, Dreams

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