Naked Truths: Women, Sexuality and Gender in Classical Art and Archaeology

Naked Truths: Women, Sexuality and Gender in Classical Art and Archaeology


Edited by Ann Olga Koloski-Ostrow, Edited by Claire L. Lyons, Epilogue by Natalie Kampen

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  • Publisher: ROUTLEDGE
  • Format: Hardback | 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 154mm x 234mm x 26mm | 821g
  • Publication date: 13 August 1997
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0415159954
  • ISBN 13: 9780415159951
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Illustrations note: 3 black & white tables

Product description

The articles in Naked Truths demonstrate the application of feminist theory to a diverse repertory of classical art: they offer topical and controversial readings on the material culture of the ancient Mediterranean. This volume presents a timely, provocative and beautifully illustrated re-evaluation of how the issues of gender, identity and sexuality reveal 'naked truths' about fundamental human values and social realities, through the compelling symbolism of the body.

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Review quote

""Naked Truths is a refreshing contirbution to the field and invites readers to examine new and significant questions."-"American Journal of Archaeology, 1998

Table of contents

1 Naked truths about classical art: An introduction 2 'Ways of seeing' women in antiquity: An introduction to feminism in classical archaeology and ancient art history 3 Female beauty and male violence in early Italian society 4 divesting the female breast of clothes in classical sculpture 5 When painters execute a murderess: the representation of clytemnestra on attic vases 6 Sappho in attic vase painting 7 Gender and sexuality in the Parthenon frieze 8 Naked and limbless: Learning about the feminine body in ancient Athens 9 Nursing mothers in classical art 10 Making a world of difference: Gender, Asymmetry, nad the Greek nude 11 The only happy couple: Hermaphrodites and gender 12 Violent stages in two Pompeian houses: Imperial taste, aristocratic response and messages of male control 13 Epilogue: gender and desire