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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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The Chthonic Sublime

The Chthonic Sublime

(p.83) Chapter Two The Chthonic Sublime
The Phantom Image

Patrick R. Crowley

University of Chicago Press

This chapter examines the Underworld in relation to ancient notions of perspective and the sublime. It demonstrates how ancient attempts to conceptualize, depict, and even construct the spaces of the Underworld, particularly in the cramped space of the tomb, were achieved by establishing the limits of the field of vision itself—limits that were constituted reflexively by their capacity to be exceeded or transgressed.

Keywords:   Hades, Underworld, Perspective, Sublime, Tomb, Space, Mosaics, Painting, Landscape

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