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Gender and body language in Roman art

Author: Glenys Davies
Publisher: New York : Cambridge University Press, 2018.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"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
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Glenys Davies
ISBN: 9780521842730 0521842735
OCLC Number: 1016950215
Description: xii, 357 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: Body language and gender in the Roman world, 1: men --
Body language and gender in the Roman world, 2: women --
The standing nude --
Clothed standing figures of men --
Draped statues of women --
Seated statues --
Men and women together.
Responsibility: Glenys Davies.

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This analysis of the 'body language' of Roman statues reveals significant gender differences, but also a complex picture of the position of both women and men in Roman society. It is ideal for anyone  Read more...

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