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Gender, Identity and the Body in Greek and Roman Sculpture


  • Date Published: October 2018
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107039544

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  • Gender and the Body in Greek and Roman Sculpture offers incisive analysis of selected works of ancient art through a critical use of cutting-edge theory from gender studies, body studies, art history and other related fields. The book raises important questions about ancient sculpture and the contrasting responses that the individual works can be shown to evoke. Rosemary Barrow gives close attention to both original context and modern experience, while directly addressing the question of continuity in gender and body issues from antiquity to the early modern period through a discussion of the sculpture of Bernini. Accessible and fully illustrated, her book features new translations of ancient sources and a glossary of Greek and Latin terms. It will be an invaluable resource and focus for debate for a wide range of readers interested in ancient art, gender and sexuality in antiquity, and art history and gender and body studies more broadly.

    • Provides close analyses of individual works of art
    • Features new translations of ancient sources
    • Includes a glossary of Greek and Latin terms
    • Contains an extensive illustration program
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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2018
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107039544
    • length: 240 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 158 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.54kg
    • contains: 33 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: approaching gender
    1. The male body: doryphoros
    2. The female body: Aphrodite of Cnidos
    3. The veiled body: Tanagra statuette
    4. The ageing body: drunken old woman
    5. The indefinite body: sleeping Hermaphrodite
    6. The political body: Prima Porta Augustus
    7. The incongruous body: portrait of 'Marcia Furnilla' as Venus
    8. The beloved body: Antinous
    9. The other body: marble relief with female gladiators
    10. The non-human body: Pan and a she-goat
    Epilogue: Bernini's 'Neptune and Triton'.

  • Author

    Rosemary Barrow, Roehampton University, London
    Rosemary Barrow was Reader in Classical Art and Reception at the University of Roehampton, at the time of her death in 2016. She had previously held academic positions at King's College London and the University of Bristol. She was the author of Lawrence Alma-Tadema (2003), The Use of Classical Art and Literature by Victorian Painters, 1860–1912: Creating Continuity with the Traditions of High Art (2007), and The Classical Tradition: Art, Literature, Thought (2014), co-authored with Michael Silk and Ingo Gildenhard.

    Prepared for publication by

    Michael Silk, King's College London
    Michael Silk is Emeritus Professor of Classical and Comparative Literature at King's College London, Adjunct Professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and a Fellow of the British Academy. From 1991 to 2006 he was Professor of Greek Language and Literature at King's College London; between 2003 and 2007 he held Visiting Professorships at Boston University. He has published extensively on poetry, drama, thought and theory in antiquity and the modern world, from Homer to Virgil, Nietzsche to Aristotle, Shakespeare to Ted Hughes.

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