Poseidon and the Sea: Myth, Cult and Daily Life
D Giles Ltd
Seth D. Pevnick
Publication Date :
1 Jan 2014
This volume is a fascinating exploration of the myths and iconography of the Greek god Poseidon and the cult objects offered to him in his numerous manifestations across the Mediterranean world. Using over 50 objects from Tampa Museum of Art's internationally significant collections of ancient Greek, Roman and Etruscan antiquities, together with over 50 pieces from other collections, including The Getty Museum, this volume builds on Tampa's own near-life-size statue of Poseidon, dating from the 1st century AD, to explore the sea and the art it inspired in antiquity. Six essays by leading specialists examine the cult of Poseidon and the myths surrounding him, as well as the significance of the sea and seafaring in daily life. The volume also features a technical study of the Getty's colossal bronze trident, dating from the 4th century BC, maps of trading routes, a check-list of 120 objects with entries, a chronology and a glossary.