Representations of Early Byzantine Empresses
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Representations of Early Byzantine Empresses by Anne L. McClanan
Book DescriptionThis book reconsiders a wide array of images of Byzantine empresses on media as diverse as bronze coins and gold mosaic from the fifth through to the seventh centuries A.D. The representations have often been viewed in terms of individual personas, but strong typological currents frame their medieval context. Empress Theodora, the target of political pornography, has consumed the bulk of past interest, but even her representations fit these patterns. Methodological tools from fields as disparate as numismatics as well as cultural and gender studies help clarify the broader cultural significance of female imperial representation and patronage at this time.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780312294922
(216mm x 140mm x 21mm)
Imprint: St Martin's Press
Publisher: St Martin's Press
Publish Date: 4-Nov-2003
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Anne L. McClanan
Material Culture of Sex, Procreation and Marriage in Premodern Europe, Hardback (February 2002)» View all books by Anne L. McClanan
This interdisciplinary anthology takes as its starting point the belief that, as the material grounds of lived experience, material culture provides an avenue of historical access to women's lives, extending beyond the reaches of textual evidence.
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Author Biography - Anne L. McClanan
ANNE L. MCCLANAN is Assistant Professor of art history at Portland State University, Oregon, USA. She is the co-editor of Personal Objects, Social Subjects: The Material Culture of Sex, Procreation, and Marriage in Pre-Modern Europe, forthcoming from Palgrave.
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