Dein Gott ist ein Esel. Griechische und römische Tierkarikaturen als Spiegel antiker Wertvorstellungen

Voegtle, Simone (2013). Dein Gott ist ein Esel. Griechische und römische Tierkarikaturen als Spiegel antiker Wertvorstellungen. (Dissertation, Universität Bern, Philosophisch-historische Fakultät)

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The doctoral thesis “Your god is an ass. Greek and Roman caricatures of animals as a mirror of ancient values” deals with the history of humour as well as with the long and intense relationship of man and animal. Despite of its different roles as assistant and friend the animal always remains “the other” as a stereotype, the contrast all human beings share. Laughter and therefore caricature on the other hand help us to gain distance to things, to reflect on them and, at the same time, on ourselves. In consequence, caricatures of animals are especially suitable to be a mirror that shows human weakness and faults. Animal caricatures usually are pictures of animals acting like men, for example an ass being a teacher. They have existed since the 6th century BC but become more frequent in Hellenistic and Roman times, where the study focuses. They are represented mostly in terracotta and bronze figurines and can be allocated to different social areas like myth and religion, politics and education, leisure and so on. Considering the different cultural and functional contexts of each example as well as contemporary literary sources, the meaning of the selected caricatures is found.

Item Type:

Thesis (Dissertation)

Division/Institute:

06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of History and Archaeology > Institute of Archaeological Sciences > Archaeology of the Mediterranean Region
06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of History and Archaeology > Institute of Archaeological Sciences

UniBE Contributor:

Voegtle, Simone and Mango, Elena

Subjects:

900 History > 930 History of ancient world (to ca. 499)

Language:

German

Submitter:

Igor Peter Hammer

Date Deposited:

26 Feb 2015 10:30

Last Modified:

26 Feb 2015 12:00

URN:

urn:nbn:ch:bel-bes-1622

Additional Information:

e-Dissertation (edbe)

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.63964

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/63964

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