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

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    DescriptionThis book 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 proportions'? 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 In this study Dr Dasen brings together for the first time a whole range of mostly unpublished or little-known iconographic, epigraphic, literary, and anthropological evidence.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 efficiency 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 and the ancient world.


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    Title
    Dwarfs in Ancient Egypt and Greece
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Veronique Dasen
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 440
    Width: 189 mm
    Height: 246 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 840 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780199680863
    ISBN 10: 0199680868
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    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAE
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HDDG
    Ingram Subject Code: AH
    Libri: I-AH
    BIC subject category V2: HDDK
    B&T General Subject: 431
    BISAC V2.8: SOC003000
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN, CULT/GREECE
    BISAC V2.8: SCI011000
    BIC subject category V2: HBLA1
    B&T Merchandise Category: POD
    Ingram Theme: CULT/NAFRIC
    LC classification: DT
    Abridged Dewey: 932
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002010, HIS002030, SOC002020
    DC22: 573.8
    BIC subject category V2: 1QDAE
    BISAC V2.8: MED039000
    DC23: 306.461
    BISAC region code: 3.1.3.0.0.0.0
    Ingram Theme: INDS/CLASSI
    Thema V1.0: NHC, NKD
    Illustrations note
    50 in-text illustrations and 80 pages of black and white plates
    Publisher
    Oxford University Press
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press
    Publication date
    15 July 2013
    Publication City/Country
    Oxford
    Author Information
    Veronique Dasen is Associate Professor of Classical Archaeology at the University of Fribourg.
    Review quote
    Review from previous edition Compendious and impressively produced. Times Literary Supplement 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 Dasen has tackled a large subject, and has done an admirable job at ordering an immense amount of evidence ... Dasen's book is a timely and valuable contribution. Nicholas Vlahogiannis, King's College, London, Medical History In this learned book ... the author has made a very successful and welcome incursion into the field of Egyptology ... this is a very useful, extremely thorough, well illustrated, and at times fascinating presentation of little-known facts about the Egyptian and Greek experience of dwarfs in the ancient world. The Classical Review The evidence she cites is primarily iconographic, supplemented by some epigraphic, literary and skeletsl data. Much of it has till now been largely ignored and D. is to be congratulated for having brought it to the attention of art historians...a genuinely pioneering work and as such is to be warmly welcomed...D's book ... will greatly enlarge the discussion of those whom in the current jargon, have resisted the challenge of verticality. Journal of Hellenic Studies 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
    PREFACE ; LIST OF PLATES ; LIST OF FIGURES ; ABBREVIATIONS ; GENERAL INTRODUCTION ; I MEDICAL CONTEXT ; 1. Typology of Growth Disorders ; 2. Palaeopathology ; II EGYPT ; 3. Terminology ; 4. Iconographic Conventions ; 5. Anonymous Dwarf Gods ; 6. Bes ; 7. Ptah-Pataikoi ; 8. Physical Minorities ; 9. Human Dwarfs ; 10. Conclusion ; III GREECE ; 11. Terminology ; 12. Iconographic Conventions ; 13. Dwarfs in Myth ; 14. Physical Minorities ; 15. Human Dwarfs ; 16. Conclusion ; GENERAL CONCLUSION ; IV CATALOGUES ; Egypt ; Greek World ; Skeletal Remains ; GLOSSARY OF MEDICAL TERMS ; BIBLIOGRAPHY ; INDEX ; PLATES