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Anthony F. Mangieri, Ph.D.

Anthony F. Mangieri, Ph.D.

Associate Professor | Art and Art History

Dr. Anthony F. Mangieri is Associate Professor of Art History and Coordinator of the Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies program at Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island. He holds a Ph.D. in Greek and Roman art from Emory University.

Dr. Mangieri’s research primarily focuses on Greek vase-painting, iconography, Classical mythology, dress and adornment, and issues of gender and sexuality in the ancient world. Dr. Mangieri has lectured widely and published several articles on Greek art. 

Featured Spring/Fall 2018

Virgin Sacrifice in Classical Art

Women, Agency, and the Trojan War

Anthony F. Mangieri

Summary:   The Trojan War begins and ends with the sacrifice of a virgin princess. The gruesome killing of a woman must have captivated ancient people because the myth of the sacrificial virgin resonates powerfully in the arts of ancient Greece and Rome. Most scholars agree that the Greeks and Romans did not practice human sacrifice, so why then do the myths of virgin sacrifice appear persistently in art and literature for over a millennium? Dr. Anthony F. Mangieri’s book seeks to answer this question.

This book tells the stories of the sacrificial maidens in order to help the reader discover the meanings bound up in these myths for historical people. In exploring the representations of Iphigeneia and Polyxena in Greek, Etruscan, and Roman art, this book offers a broader cultural history that reveals what people in the ancient world were seeking in these stories. The result is an interdisciplinary study that offers new interpretations on the meaning of the sacrificial virgin as a cultural and ideological construction. This is the first book-length study of virgin sacrifice in ancient art and the first to provide an interpretive framework within which to understand its imagery.

MLA Citation

Mangieri, A. F. (2018). Virgin Sacrifice in Classical Art: Women, Agency, and the Trojan War. New York, NY: Routledge.


McKillop Library Main Collection:   NX652.W6 M36 2018

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