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This book explores how art and material culture were used to construct age, gender, and social identity in the Greek Early Iron Age, 1100–700 BC. Coming between the collapse of the Bronze Age palaces and the creation of Archaic city-states, these four centuries witnessed fundamental cultural developments and political realignments. While previous archaeological research has emphasized class-based aspects of change, this study offers a more comprehensive view of early Greece by recognizing the place of children and women in a warrior-focused society. Combining iconographic analysis, gender theory, mortuary analysis, typological study, and object biography, Susan Langdon explores how early figural art was used to mediate critical stages in the life-course of men and women. She shows how an understanding of the artistic and material contexts of social change clarifies the emergence of distinctive gender and class asymmetries that laid the basis for classical Greek society.Read more
- Includes broad range of artworks in different media, including little-known works
- Provides background for general readers and context for Greek history and literature
- Addresses gender issues in antiquity
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"...bold, innovative, and highly original study...this is a spectacular book...one of the most intelligent analysis of Greek Geometric art ever written. Its brilliance lies in its simplicity. Well conceived and thought through, thoroughly researched, richly illustrated, and elegantly written, Art and Identity is a "must-read" for anyone even remotely interested in early Greece. It will quickly take its place as a seminal study, one that will re-orient the way in which we look at pictures in the corpus of Greek Geometric figural representation. --BMCR
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- Date Published: October 2010
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521171922
- length: 408 pages
- dimensions: 254 x 178 x 19 mm
- weight: 0.81kg
- contains: 82 b/w illus.
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. Art made to order
2. Geometric art comes of age: an archaeology of maturation
3. Virgin territory: the construction of the maiden
4. Maiden, interrupted: the art of abduction
5. The domestication of the warrior
Epilogue: back from the dark.
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