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Art in the Era of Alexander the Great : Paradigms of Manhood and their Cultural Traditions - Ada Cohen

Art in the Era of Alexander the Great

Paradigms of Manhood and their Cultural Traditions

By: Ada Cohen

Hardcover Published: 30th August 2010
ISBN: 9780521769044
Number Of Pages: 422

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In this book, Ada Cohen focuses on art produced in Macedonia during the late Classical and early Hellenistic period, which coincides with the reigns of Philip II, his famous son Alexander the Great, and their immediate successors. Although inspired by traditional Greek themes and ideals, this body of artwork articulated specifically Macedonian aspirations. Cohen focuses on three key 'masculine' themes - warfare, hunting, and abduction of women - exploring their visual and conceptual interconnections. She demonstrates their preoccupation with the visual celebration of violence and studies the analogies they draw among the ideological categories of 'enemy', 'animal', and 'woman'. Simultaneously historical and thematic, Cohen's text is structured around select paintings and mosaics from northern Greek sites, such as Pella and Vergina, and from both secular and funerary contexts. She also examines monuments from other ancient contexts and in other media to illuminate specific questions of style, theme, and meaning.

List of Illustrationsp. xi
Abbreviationsp. xv
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
Prefacep. xix
Introduction: Themes And Issuesp. 1
Chains of beingp. 1
The question of thematic connections and metaphors: Preliminariesp. 5
In and out of contextp. 11
Art and realityp. 17
Figural Mosaics In The House Of The Abduction Of Helen At Pella: Three Themesp. 20
Connections, metaphors, and program: Language and artp. 20
The House of the Abduction of Helen at Pella: A gendered floor plan in broader contextp. 24
The deer huntp. 30
Absorption or theatricality?p. 38
Theseus' abduction of Helenp. 43
Abduction or rape?p. 45
Identities in stories of mythological abductionp. 51
Life and representationp. 55
Pella's Amazonomachyp. 57
Male monumentalityp. 61
Master Of Lions (And Other Animals)p. 64
Lion hunting in the House of Dionysus at Pellap. 64
Lions in Greece?p. 68
Macedonian hunting as introduction to manhood: Boar huntp. 71
Of lions and men: Some associations of the lion motifp. 74
The power of naming and the stasis of spectaclep. 78
Event or mentality?p. 79
Hunting in the East and the West: Royal associationsp. 82
Lion attacks, griffin attacks, and animal fights: Might makes right in the fourth centuryp. 93
Might makes right: A brief historyp. 105
Animal attacks and meaningp. 111
Man the predatorp. 113
Predation and ideologyp. 115
War As Hunt; Hunt As War?p. 119
Analogy and programp. 119
The warrior's educationp. 130
War, hunt, and womenp. 132
Battlescapesp. 133
Battle and hunt: Ambiguities and ôsofter factsöp. 137
Hunt as metaphorp. 143
Rape As Hunt; Hunt As Rape?p. 146
Male sexuality and the hunt in the longue duréep. 147
Sexual aggression and the Greek huntp. 150
The visual dimensionp. 151
Rape as hunt: Art and the cognitive dimensionp. 157
Man the sexual predatorp. 158
Hunt as rapep. 160
Rape As War; War As Rape?p. 162
The Alexander Mosaic: Battle as rape?p. 162
Linguistics and/as mentalitiesp. 170
Phallic weaponsp. 175
Sexuality and/as warfarep. 176
Rape as a consequence of war, and vice versap. 181
Abduction And Femininityp. 187
Persephone at Vergina: Descriptive and expressive propertiesp. 188
Abduction in the tomb: Symbolism, contexts, parallelsp. 196
Art and the literary connectionsp. 205
Art and ritualp. 213
Gender dimensions: Persephone and other victims of rapep. 217
Abduction, rape, marriage: Textual and iconographic perspectives on consent and coercionp. 229
Female nudity at Verginap. 235
Hunt And Masculinityp. 237
Hunt at Vergina: Descriptive propertiesp. 238
Artistic coordinates: Color, style, spacep. 244
The spaces of masculinity: Landscape and bodyscapep. 248
Identities and dates: What do we want to know?p. 261
Short-lived meanings, long-lived themesp. 269
Two types of heroesp. 271
Hunting in the tombp. 285
Spectacular masculinity and performative bodiesp. 289
Epilogue: Fixing The Posep. 298
Notesp. 305
Bibliographyp. 347
Indexp. 383
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ISBN: 9780521769044
ISBN-10: 0521769043
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 422
Published: 30th August 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 26.1 x 18.7  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 1.05
Edition Number: 1