This introductory chapter first sets out the book's purpose, which is to explore the phenomenon of aniconism in Greek antiquity. It examines the nature and significance of the phenomenon of aniconism in Greek antiquity by unpacking some of its apparent paradoxes, and by placing aniconism within the broader map of Greek art, religion, and visual culture. The discussion then turns to two issues that are fundamental to this inquiry: the validity of the usage of the key-term ‘aniconic’ and the place of aniconism within the broader scope of Greek religious art. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.
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