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Twisting in the Wind: Monumental Weathervanes in Classical Antiquity

Lowe, Dunstan (2016) Twisting in the Wind: Monumental Weathervanes in Classical Antiquity. Cambridge Classical Journal, 62 . pp. 147-169. ISSN 1750-2705. E-ISSN 2047-993X. (doi:10.1017/S1750270516000099)

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Abstract

Monumental weathervanes have been overlooked as a tiny but important genre of ancient bronze sculpture. This is the first collective study of all three definite examples: the so-called ‘triton’ on the Tower of the Winds in Athens, a copy of this somewhere in Rome, and the winged female ‘Anemodoulion’ on the Bronze Tetrapylon in Constantinople. I propose to identify the intended subjects of these sculptures as the weather-deities Aiolos and Iris, thereby restoring a part of each monument’s original meaning that was unknown to the authors of our ancient written accounts. I also suggest that monumental weathervanes were first invented in Hellenistic Alexandria, which may explain why the Tower of the Winds shared the octagonal design of the Pharos, and why the Anemodoulion was mounted upon a bronze pyramidion.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1017/S1750270516000099
Additional information: This is the author accepted version, which is unpaginated and does not include figures. The version published by CCJ will be paginated, include figures, and have other minor differences and corrections.
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NB Sculpture
P Language and Literature > PA Classical philology
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages > Classical and Archaeological Studies
Depositing User: Dunstan Lowe
Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2016 16:07 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 17:33 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/56201 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Lowe, Dunstan: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7664-4027
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