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Gender and Body Language in Roman Art

Glenys Davies (University of Edinburgh)



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Cambridge University Press
19 June 2018
History of art: ancient & classical art; Sculpture; Human figures depicted in art
Can we reconstruct Roman body language? Was it the same as ours? Does body language express and reinforce gender differences and the relative positions of men and women (dominant/subordinate) in society? Can analysis of the postures and gestures of Roman statues add to our understanding of gender in the Roman world? In this book, Glenys Davies explores these questions. Using studies on body language in modern Western societies, Roman literary sources, as well as her own analysis of statues of Roman men and women in an array of guises - nude, draped, standing, seated and represented together - she offers a nuanced and complex picture of gender relations. Her study shows that gender relations in the notoriously patriarchal society of Ancient Rome were not so different from what we experience today. Her book will be of interest to scholars of the classical world, gender history, art history, and body language in its social context.
By:   Glenys Davies (University of Edinburgh)
Imprint:   Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 262mm,  Width: 183mm,  Spine: 22mm
Weight:   960g
ISBN:   9780521842730
ISBN 10:   0521842735
Pages:   368
Publication Date:   19 June 2018
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Primary
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Glenys Davies is Honorary Fellow at the School of History, Classics and Archaeology, University of Edinburgh. She has published on a wide range of aspects of Roman art as social history, including Roman funerary art, collections of Roman antiquities, gender, Greek and Roman dress, as well as aspects of the representation of body language in Classical art.

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