Art in the Era of Alexander the Great: Paradigms of Manhood and Their Cultural Traditions

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Cambridge University Press, Aug 30, 2010 - Art - 398 pages
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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.
  

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Contents

THEMES AND ISSUES
1
FIGURAL MOSAICS IN THE HOUSE OF
20
The deer hunt
30
Absorption or theatricality?
38
Abduction or rape?
45
Identities in stories of mythological abduction
51
Pellas Amazonomachy
57
MASTER OF LIONS AND OTHER ANIMALS
64
RAPE AS HUNT HUNT AS RAPE?
146
RAPE AS WAR WAR AS RAPE?
162
ABDUCTION AND FEMININITY
187
FIXING THE POSE
298
Notes
305
Bibliography
347
Index
383
Copyright

WAR AS HUNT HUNT AS WAR?
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Ada Cohen is Associate Professor of Art History at Dartmouth College. She is the author of The Alexander Mosaic: Stories of Victory and Defeat and co-editor of Constructions of Childhood in Ancient Greece and Italy and Assyrian Reliefs from the Palace of Ashurnasirpal II: A Cultural Biography.

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