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Noah Heringman

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199556915

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199556915.001.0001

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‘Their History, Written By Themselves’: Ancient Religion, Deep Time, and Embedded History

‘Their History, Written By Themselves’: Ancient Religion, Deep Time, and Embedded History

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Sciences of Antiquity

Noah Heringman

Oxford University Press

Drawing especially on the last two volumes of the Collection of Etruscan, Greek, and Roman Antiquities, this chapter offers a second close reading focusing on the intersection between the history of religion and the early history of art. These two volumes tell a story of stylistic development in Greek art, correlated with developments in Greek religion and society. This chapter argues that d’Hancarville anticipated the deep time of archaeology by relocating the origins of art and ritual close to the moment of human origins. This argument develops the implications for art history of the ethnographic approach examined in Chapter 4, examining d’Hancarville’s expansion of the historical timescale and his geographic expansion of the project from southern Italy to Magna Graecia. Though lacking a scientific method, d’Hancarville uses his broad knowledge of myth and religion to establish a long history for the ancient world that predates Homeric Greece.

Keywords:   Archaeology of Naples, deep time, Greek vase painting, Hamilton, Sir William (1730–1803), Hancarville, Baron de (Pierre François Hugues), history of religion, Magna Graecia, Prehistory

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