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Editors: Ann Olga Koloski-Ostrow and Claire L. Lyons

Title: Naked Truths

Subtitle: Women, sexuality, and gender in classical art and archaeology

Place: London and New York

Publisher: Routledge

Year: 1997 (hbk.), 2000 (pbk.)

Pages: xv + 315pp.

ISBN-10: 0415159954 (hbk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-10: 0415217520 (pbk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-10: 020318274X (ebk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: Ancient History: Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome | Cases: Mythological Cases; Representations: Art / Prehistoric Art, Ancient Greek Art, Ancient Roman Art



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Ann Olga Koloski-Ostrow, Department of Classical Studies, Brandeis University

– Claire Lyons:

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.« (Source: Taylor & Francis)


  List of Figures and Tables (p. vii)
  Notes on Contributors (p. ix)
  Acknowledgements (p. xii)
  1 Naked Truths about Classical Art: An introduction (p. 1)
Claire L. Lyons and Ann Olga Koloski-Ostrow
  2 “Ways of Seeing” Women in Antiquity: An introduction to feminism in classical archaeology and ancient art history (p. 12)
Shelby Brown
  3 Female Beauty and Male Violence in Early Italian Society (p. 43)
John Robb
  4 Divesting the Female Breast of Clothes in Classical Sculpture (p. 66)
Beth Cohen
  5 When Painters Execute a Murderess: The representation of Clytemnestra on Attic vases (p. 93)
Francine Viret Bernal
  6 Sappho in Attic Vase Painting (p. 108)
Jane McIntosh Snyder
  7 Gender and Sexuality in the Parthenon Frieze (p. 120)
John G. Younger
  8 Naked and Limbless: Learning about the feminine body in ancient Athens (p. 154)
Joan Reilly
  9 Nursing Mothers in Classical Art (p. 174)
Larissa Bonfante
  10 Making a World of Difference: Gendre, aymmetry, and the Greek nude (p. 197)
Nanette Salomon
  11 The Only Happy Couple: Hermaphrodites and gender (p. 220)
Aileen Ajootian
  12 Violent Stages in Two Pompeian Houses: Imperial taste, aristocratic response, and messages of male control (p. 243)
Ann Olga Koloski-Ostrow
  13 Epilogue: Gender and desire (p. 267)
Natalie Boymel Kampen
  Glossary (p. 279)
  Selected Bibliography (p. 287)
  Index (p. 306)


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