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The Art of the Body: Antiquity and its Legacy (Ancients and Moderns) Hardcover – 24 Mar 2011

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: I B Tauris & Co Ltd (24 Mar. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845119304
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845119300
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 2.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,183,360 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Squire s ambitious book...presents a thought-provoking case...Squire s brief but wide-ranging (and amply illustrated) book is packed with ideas...Squire is surely right that art history loses sight of Graeco-Roman antiquity at its peril. --Catherine Edwards, TLS

'Squire's generally sensitive discussion of the later emperors eschews such hyperbole, ending with some interesting musings on corporeal hybridity and fragmentation, aided by a late Egyptian portrait mummy...addresses in a sophisticated and accessible way the protocols and paradoxes of figuring the divine.' --Reviews in History --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Michael Squire is Junior Research Fellow in Classics and Art History at Christ's College in Cambridge, and Alexander von Humboldt-Stipendiat at Ludwig-Maximilians Universität, Munich and Humboldt Universität zu Berlin. His other books include Panorama of the Classical World (with Nigel Spivey; second edition 2008), Image and Text in Graeco-Roman Antiquity (2009) and The Iliad in a Nutshell: Visualizing Epic on the Iliac Tablets (2011); he has also co-edited The Art of Art History in Graeco-Roman Antiquity (2010).


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I am quite enjoying reading this book, but, as its other reviewer commented the attempts at humour are both embarrassing and distracting. If a Sixth Former wrote a pun on vulgar and vulva in his or her essay, as a teacher, I would strike it out and advise that this was not appropriate for an academic context. This sort of thing, and there are several other examples, will make some people put the book down, which is a shame.
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The contents seem to be quite good, but I do not like the style of the book. Regrettably the author seems to think he must be funny every now and then. Perhaps this works well with others, but in my case, it put me off. It is like listening to a teacher who tries to make class more interesting by a litlle joke or pun, but as a student you only think "please, don't". It may be that the joking is quite infrequent, but still this is what you remember best. I think this is a pity, for the contents of the book are good and of some interest to all of us, because in everyday-life no-one can avoid the legacy of the art of the body of the ancient Greeks.
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This book is extremely erudite and at the same time a lively and provocative read. The author very successfully pulls together multiple attitudes toward the body - ancient, victorian and modern. He does so in a witty and sometimes provocative manner but always systematically and in a way that is easy to read. I enjoyed the sometimes saucy humour that makes this book very different from much of the academic material that exists in this area. The book was brimming with information but never once felt laboured, didactic or indeed boring. Infact, if i had to make any criticism, it would be that perhaps this book brims with just too many ideas!. I recommend it wholeheartedly.
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A fascinating review of our indebtedness to the ancient Greeks, whether we like/ realise it or not!
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Great overview of how influenced we still are by classical art, despite the fact that we often misunderstand it.
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Nice history, but needs better and bigger pictures.
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