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Votive body parts in Greek and Roman religion / Jessica Hughes, The Open University.

By: Hughes, Jessica [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Cambridge classical studies: Publisher: Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2017Description: xiv, 219 pages ; 26 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781107157835 (hardback); 9781316610428 (paperback).Subject(s): Votive offerings -- Greece | Votive offerings -- Rome | Human body -- Social aspects | Human body -- Symbolic aspects | Greece -- Religion | Rome -- Religion
Contents:
Machine generated contents note: 1. Introduction: fragments of history; 2. Fragmentation as metaphor: anatomical votives in Classical Greece, fifth-fourth centuries BC; 3. Under the skin: anatomical votives in Republican Italy, fourth-first centuries BC; 4. The anxiety of influence: anatomical votives in Roman Gaul, first century BC-first century AD; 5. Punishing bodies: the Lydian and Phrygian 'propitiatory' stelai, second-third centuries AD; Afterword: revisiting fragmentation.
Summary: "This book examines a type of object that was widespread and very popular in classical antiquity - votive offerings in the shape of parts of the human body. It collects examples from four principal areas and time periods: Classical Greece, pre-Roman Italy, Roman Gaul and Roman Asia Minor. It uses a compare-and-contrast methodology to highlight differences between these sets of votives, exploring the implications for our understandings of how beliefs about the body changed across classical antiquity. The book also looks at how far these ancient beliefs overlap with, or differ from, modern ideas about the body and its physical and conceptual boundaries. Central themes of the book include illness and healing, bodily fragmentation, human-animal hybridity, transmission and reception of traditions, and the mechanics of personal transformation in religious rituals"-- Provided by publisher.
List(s) this item appears in: AD New acquisitions 2020 | AD New acquisitions. September 2020
Item type Current location Call number Copy number Status Date due
Printed Books Accademia di Danimarca
Biblioteca
Ant./rel. Hugh (Browse shelf) 1 Available
Printed Books British School at Rome
146.7.H.4 (Browse shelf) 1 Available

Includes bibliographical references (pages 192-217) and index.

Machine generated contents note: 1. Introduction: fragments of history; 2. Fragmentation as metaphor: anatomical votives in Classical Greece, fifth-fourth centuries BC; 3. Under the skin: anatomical votives in Republican Italy, fourth-first centuries BC; 4. The anxiety of influence: anatomical votives in Roman Gaul, first century BC-first century AD; 5. Punishing bodies: the Lydian and Phrygian 'propitiatory' stelai, second-third centuries AD; Afterword: revisiting fragmentation.

"This book examines a type of object that was widespread and very popular in classical antiquity - votive offerings in the shape of parts of the human body. It collects examples from four principal areas and time periods: Classical Greece, pre-Roman Italy, Roman Gaul and Roman Asia Minor. It uses a compare-and-contrast methodology to highlight differences between these sets of votives, exploring the implications for our understandings of how beliefs about the body changed across classical antiquity. The book also looks at how far these ancient beliefs overlap with, or differ from, modern ideas about the body and its physical and conceptual boundaries. Central themes of the book include illness and healing, bodily fragmentation, human-animal hybridity, transmission and reception of traditions, and the mechanics of personal transformation in religious rituals"-- Provided by publisher.

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