Not the Classical Ideal: Athens and the Construction of the Other in Greek Art

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Beth Cohen
BRILL, 2000 - Art - 559 pages
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Ancient Greece is characterized by a vision of reality in which a pre-eminent human type is defined in opposition to non-ideal 'others'. The social structure of democratic Athens privileged male citizens, while marginalizing women, resident aliens, and slaves. Across a broad spectrum of classical Greek imagery, this anthology provides an investigation of this 'otherness'. Their methodologies ranging from traditional to avant-garde, an international cast of authors develops a nuanced picture of 'otherness', the visual criteria that denote it, and its social and political functions in regard to gender, class, and ethnicity.
 

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Contents

BETH COHEN
3
An Essay in Political History
23
Satyrs and Donkeys
43
Telltale Gestures in Athenian
71
Inversions of the Heroic
98
Ancient Portraits
132
Reflections of Greek Society
151
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203
The Portrayal of Foreigners
313
The Attic Vision of Phrygians
338
The Allure and Repulsion of Thracians in the Art
364
The Image of the Other and the Foreign Hero
391
Ethnicity and
413
Rhetoric and Reality
443
Maps
481
Bibliography
487

Childbirth Aging and Death
248
The Comic Body in Greek Art and Drama
275

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Beth Cohen, Ph.D. (1977) in Art History, Institute of Fine Arts, teaches at the New York Academy of Art. She has published on Greek sculpture and vase painting and edited "The Distaff Side: Representing the Female in Homer's Odyssey" (Oxford, 1995).

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