My review of the British Museum’s – Defining Beauty: The Body in Ancient Greek Art which explores daily life, gender, sexuality, athleticism, heroism, and the social and political ideologies the Greeks espoused through their views on the human form.
In his controversial movie 300 (2006), based on Frank Miller’s graphic novel (1998), Zack Snyder tells the heroic story of the Spartan king Leonidas and his 300 men.
Many Greek tragedies have mysteriously evaded the controlling influence of time; they are read today with as much admiration and emotion as they would have inspired in their first audiences.
This is my review of Boudica: Warrior Queen starring Alex Kingston, Emily Blunt and Steve Waddington.
The majority of this study consists of a series of case studies of different types of women’s rituals of power, which emphasize examples of significant trends in ritual iconography, praxis, and context, both those which were typical of late antique Egyptian magic as a whole, and those which were uniquely female in character.
Competing Constructions of Masculinity in Ancient Greece Scott Rubarth (Rollins College) ATINER’S Conference Paper Series: No: MDT2013-0392 (2013) Abstract Scholars often speak of…
Whether or not the Egyptian dream manuals are collections of dreams that were actually seen, or were possible visions that the composer believed could be seen is a moot point for our purposes. What matters is that they are embed- ded within their specific cultural matrix, and that they and their interpreta- tions to a certain degree reflect social hopes, fears, and desires, projected by their composers, the priests.
Scholarship of the last century has discussed this element of the LT in its historical and literary contexts, addressed a variety of social and legal issues pertinent to the laudator’s account, and evaluated its depiction of M. Aemilius Lepidus in the light of his attested character and career.1 None of these treatments has approached the de‐ scription of the experiences and actions of the laudata from the perspective of the ancient consumer of information and meaning within the complete epigraphic envi‐ ronment of the inscription.
However, the theory concerning fertility behaviour during the Late Roman Republic that has been put forward by Brunt depends largely on such viewpoints as have become controversial in the discipline of demography. Rather than purely economic and rational in scope, decision making processes – such as those concerning marriage and procreation – are embedded in specific cultural and social settings that affect outcomes through the creation or upholding of practical, structural, normative or perceived constraints.
In an initial attempt to investigate what variations in comparative scale meant to the ancient Egyptians who created and viewed Egyptian art, I have considered the limited case of the wife represented with her husband in reliefs and paintings in his tomb chapel.