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Author Osborne, Robin, 1957-
Title The history written on the classical Greek body / Robin Osborne
Imprint Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2011
book jacket
 Fu Ssu-Nien WTN LANG BK  DF78 O81 2011    AVAILABLE    30530001123926
Descript xv, 260 p. : ill. ; 26 cm
Note "This book challenges historians of all periods to come to terms with the distortions that they systematically introduce into their work by their reliance on what has been written on paper without looking at what was and was not written on the body. Historians use textual evidence to try to understand what people did in the past. But in interpreting that textual evidence they make assumptions about what past peoples could see. In particular they make assumptions about the way in which the classifications of language were visible to the eye, as well as conceivable in the mind. This book is concerned with the ways in which texts relating to classical Greece, and in particular to classical Athens, classified people and with the extent to which those classifications could be seen by the eye. It compares the qualities distinguished in texts with those distinguished in sculpture and painted pottery and emphasizes the frequent invisibility of the categories upon which historians have laid most stress - the citizen, the free person, the foreigner, even the god. The frequent impossibility of seeing who belonged to which category has major political, social, and theological implications, which are variously explored here. It also has implications for how history is written which go far beyond the case of classical Greece. Nothing short of a revolution in what historians are prepared to treat as source material will be required to take account of the findings of this book"-- Provided by publisher
Includes bibliographical references (p. 231-248) and index
Writing history on the classical body -- The appearance of the classical Greek body -- The distinguished body -- The citizen body -- Foreign bodies -- Dirty bodies -- Godsbodies -- Telling bodies
Subject Human body -- Social aspects -- Greece -- History -- To 1500 -- Historiography
Greece -- History -- To 146 B.C. -- Historiography
Social classes -- Greece -- History -- To 1500 -- Historiography
Greece -- Social conditions -- Historiography
Human body -- Social aspects -- Greece -- History -- To 1500 -- Sources
Greece -- History -- To 146 B.C. -- Sources
Social classes -- Greece -- History -- To 1500 -- Sources
Greece -- Social conditions -- Sources
Historiography -- Psychological aspects
Historiography -- Social aspects
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