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Author Masséglia, Jane, 1980- author
Title Gestures, postures and body actions in Hellenistic art
Body language in Hellenistic art and society / Jane Masséglia
Imprint Oxford ; New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2015
©2015
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Edition First edition
Descript xxiv, 362 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
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Series Oxford studies in ancient culture and representation
Oxford studies in ancient culture and representation
Note Revision of the author's thesis (Ph. D.--University of Oxford, 1980) under the title: Gestures, postures and body actions in Hellenistic art
Includes bibliographical references (pages 329-355) and index
Introduction. What is 'Hellenistic' art? ; Body language ; Existing scholarship ; Structure ; Material and function -- The body language of Hellenistic kings ; Kings ; Queens -- The body language of the civic elite : men ; Philosophers and poets ; Citizen men -- The body language of the civic elite : citizen women -- The body language of 'genre' figures ; Africans ; Servants ; Paidagogoi ; Fishermen and peasants ; Old women and nurses -- The body language of 'grotesques' ; Dwarfs ; 'Cripples' -- Body language in Hellenistic art and society ; Asymmetry ; Thematic incongruity ; Movement ; Gendered display ; Social conformity ; Concluding remarks -- Appendix 1 : The mime 'problem' -- Appendix 2 : The body language of sitting ; 'Seat-Sitting' ; 'Ground-Sitting' ; Social distribution of sitting postures
"This richly illustrated book brings together a wide range of Hellenistic art objects, and reveals how ancient social attitudes were encoded in the body language of their subjects. Incorporating approaches from anthropology and archaeology, it considers a wide range of social groups, from the elite to slaves, and examines the postures, gestures, and body actions which were considered appropriate to each"-- Back cover
Subject Body language in art
Art, Hellenistic -- Themes, motives
Art and society -- Greece -- History -- To 1500
Greece -- Social conditions -- To 146 B.C
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