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    DescriptionThis book challenges historians 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. 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 to those distinguished in sculpture and painted pottery, and emphasises 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 explored here, as well as potentially revolutionary implications for all future historical writing.

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    The History Written on the Classical Greek Body
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Robin Osborne
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 276
    Width: 174 mm
    Height: 247 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 690 g
    ISBN 13: 9781107003200
    ISBN 10: 1107003202

    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD, HBLA
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3D
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAG
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    Libri: I-HP
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    BIC subject category V2: HBAH
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    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000, HIS002010
    DC22: 938.0072
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    LC classification: DF78 .O83 2011
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    DC22: 938.072
    Thema V1.0: NHD, NHAH, NHC
    Illustrations note
    61 b/w illus.
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    Publication date
    15 August 2011
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    Author Information
    Robin Osborne is Professor of Ancient History at the University of Cambridge, a Fellow and Senior Tutor of King's College and a Fellow of the British Academy. His research ranges broadly across Greek history, Greek archaeology and the history of Greek art. Along with numerous edited and coedited volumes, he has written Demos: The Discovery of Classical Attika (Cambridge University Press, 1985), Classical Landscape with Figures: The Ancient Greek City and its Countryside (1987), Greece in the Making, 1200-479 BC (1996, 2nd edition 2009), Archaic and Classical Greek Art (1998) and Greek History (2004). A collection of his papers has been published as Athens and Athenian Democracy (Cambridge University Press, 2010). This book was written as a contribution to a project on 'Changing Beliefs of the Human Body' funded by the Leverhulme Trust.
    Review quote
    "His aim is not to produce a history of the Greek body, but rather to use the body as a lens to bring into focus the biases and distortions inherent in more traditional text-centered histories." -- Zachary Biles, New England Classical Journal
    Table of contents
    Introduction; 1. Writing history on the classical body; 2. The appearance of the classical Greek body; 3. The distinguished body; 4. The citizen body; 5. Foreign bodies; 6. Dirty bodies; 7. Godsbodies; 8. Telling bodies.