Thursday, September 1, 2016
The abduction of those teenage girls to be taken as wives by the Boko Haram terrorists reminding one of the so-called myth and legend from antiquity, "The Rape of the Sabine Women"?
"The Rape of the Sabine Women is an episode in the legendary history of Rome, traditionally dated to 750 BC, in which the first generation of Roman men acquired wives for themselves from the neighboring Sabine families."
THE ENTIRE THEME AS IS THE SUBJECT OF MYTH AND LEGEND HARDLY LIMITED TO ROME AND THE SABINE WOMEN!
"Comparable themes from Classical Antiquity are the Battle of the Lapiths and Centaurs and the theme of Amazonomachy, the battle of Theseus with the Amazons"
THE VICTOR DURING A TIME OF WAR HAVING AS SPOILS THE WOMEN OF THE ENEMY TAKEN AS WIVES OR CONCUBINES EVEN MAKING FOR GOOD ARTISTIC SUBJECT MATTER AS HAS BEEN FASHIONABLE ACROSS CENTURIES.
Artistic representations of the theme and subject as described "popular during the Renaissance" BUT HARDLY LIMITED TO THAT PERIOD!
"The subject was popular during the Renaissance as symbolizing the importance of marriage for the continuity of families and cultures. It was also an example of a battle subject in which the artist could demonstrate his skill in depicting female as well as male figures in extreme poses, with the added advantage of a sexual theme."
"To the ancients and to the Renaissance the theme symbolized the victory of civilization over barbarism."
The image accompanying this blog entry done by Picasso of much more recent vintage!!
Rome of yesteryear, Chibok of today?