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, Edited by Natalie Boymel Kampen

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  • Publisher: ROUTLEDGE
  • Format: Paperback | 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 155mm x 234mm x 20mm | 612g
  • Publication date: 1 March 2000
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0415217520
  • ISBN 13: 9780415217521
  • Edition statement: Revised ed.
  • Illustrations note: 62 illustrations, 2 line drawings, 60 b&w photographs
  • Sales rank: 1,641,318

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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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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, and 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