Description - The Hunt in Ancient Greece by Judith M. Barringer
Hunting and its imagery continued to play a significant role in archaic and classical Greece long after it had ceased being a necessity for survival in everyday life. Drawing on vase paintings, sculpture, inscriptions, and other literary evidence, Judith Barringer re-examines the hunt as a central tradition in the preservation of aristocratic and patriarchal dominance of ancient Greek society. Along with athletics and battle, hunting was a defining activity of the masculine aristocracy and was crucial to the efforts of the Athenian elite to control the social agenda, even as their political power declined. The book examines descriptions of hunting in initiation rituals as well as the ideals of masculinity and adulthood such rites of passage promoted. Barringer argues that depictions of the hunt in literature and art also served as striking metaphors for the intricacies of courtship, shedding light on sexuality and gender roles. Through an exploration of various representations of the hunt, Barringer provides an insight into Athenian society.
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(229mm x 152mm x 27mm)
Johns Hopkins University Press
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Author Biography - Judith M. Barringer
Judith M. Barringer is Professor of Greek Art and Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh.