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    Dwarfs in Ancient Egypt and Greece (Oxford Monographs on Classical Archaeology) (Hardback) By (author) Veronique Dasen

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    DescriptionVeronique Dasen here examines dwarfs in myth and everyday life in ancient Egypt and Greece. In both cultures physical beauty was highly admired, even to excess. What happened to those whose appearance did not conform to the 'ideal proportion'? The spectacular forms of dwarfism were always a focus of interest, and it is the most depicted disorder in antiquity. In this study Dr Dasen brings together for the first time a whole range of mostly unpublished or little known iconographic, epigraphic, literary, and anthropological evidence. She covers areas such as the history of caricature and the portrait; medical history, in particular the development of the perception of congenital disorders; social history; and history of religion, with questions on the magical and ritual efficacy of the malformed in sacred and theatrical contexts. She considers also the complex relations between mythology and ethnography, as shown, for example, in the Greek myth of the Pygmies. This is a fascinating work, with a wealth of insights for anyone interested in the history of medicine or the ancient world.


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    Title
    Dwarfs in Ancient Egypt and Greece
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Veronique Dasen
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 384
    Width: 198 mm
    Height: 256 mm
    Thickness: 32 mm
    Weight: 1,073 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780198146995
    ISBN 10: 019814699X
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SCI
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S7.1
    BIC subject category V2: JFC
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1HBE
    BISAC V2.8: PER004000
    BIC subject category V2: JHM
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAG
    BIC subject category V2: HDDK
    BISAC V2.8: SCI011000
    B&T General Subject: 221
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002010, HIS002030, SOC002020
    B&T Approval Code: A14202000
    BIC subject category V2: PSXM
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: 1QDAG, 1HBE
    DC20: 306.461093
    LC classification: GN69.3.D37
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: MED039000
    DC22: 573/.8
    LC classification: GN69.3 .D37 1993
    LC subject heading:
    Thema V1.0: JHM, PSX, JBCC, NKD
    Illustrations note
    frontispiece, 80 black and white plates, halftone and line figures
    Publisher
    Oxford University Press
    Imprint name
    Clarendon Press
    Publication date
    01 January 1994
    Publication City/Country
    Oxford
    Review quote
    Well-structured and clearly written, providing a thoughtful discussion of the subject of dwarfism in two ancient cultures, and also serving as an excellent reference volume Journal of Egyptian Archaeology A brilliant interdisciplinary, and truly fascinating examination of how two ancient societies literally viewed dwarfs. Dasen provides her readers with an eyeful and brainful of material in this book which represents Oxford publishing at its best. Dasen has produced a true masterpiece on the subject Jonathan Sinclair Carey, The Art Book Compendious and impressively produced Times Literary Supplement
    Table of contents
    Part 1 The medical context: typology of growth disorders; palaeopathology. Part 1 Egypt: terminology, iconographic conventions; anonymous dwarf gods - Bes, Ptah-Pataikoi; human dwarfs. Part 3 Greece: terminology; iconographic conventions; dwarfs in myth; physical minorities; human dwarfs.