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Barrer la route au Malin: une typologie des stratégies utilisées. Images et signes à fonctionnement sécuritaire sur support fixe dans l’Antiquité tardive

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Sponsors, or contractors, are included in the decorative program of all kinds of public and private buildings, especially in the tombs and in the bathroom where it is very exposed and undermined (Dunbabin, 1989) patterns and words whose function is to stop, divert or trap the negative forces. These forces are malicious and evil because they are envious of "our wealth" in the broad sense: in particular our vitality, our property, loved ones around us, and the beauty of our environment. The number of iconological problems of all these signs and images occur due to their wide variety of shapes, functions, and "operations" related to the results and outcomes.  Images and signs where evil is not represented are the easiest to understand; they were classified and we read them in that experience can call the increasing order of complexity. The original text of the chapter is in French.

Keywords: apotropaic signs; Buildings; decorative program; directory images ; iconological problems



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