Beauty and the Male Body in Byzantium: Perceptions and Representations in Art and Text

Hardcover | October 29, 2009

byM. Hatzaki

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Beauty and the Beast looks into physical beauty in Byzantium, and reveals a quality with an unmistakable dark side. It is the curious dynamics of beauty in general, and male beauty in particular, that this book aims to unravel in a way that affects our perception of the (male) body in Byzantium and of beauty in the Byzantine world.

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Beauty and the Beast looks into physical beauty in Byzantium, and reveals a quality with an unmistakable dark side. It is the curious dynamics of beauty in general, and male beauty in particular, that this book aims to unravel in a way that affects our perception of the (male) body in Byzantium and of beauty in the Byzantine world.

MYRTO HATZAKI  was born in Athens in 1977. She studied History of Art at Warwick University and at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London where she obtained her MA and then her PhD in 2004. She is currently working as a curator at the Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum and the A.G. Leventis Foundation.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.03 inPublished:October 29, 2009Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan UKLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230007155

ISBN - 13:9780230007154

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Table of Contents

 * Introduction * PART I: BEAUTIFUL BODIES * The Byzantine Ideal of Beauty: Definition and Perception * Only Skin Deep: Beauty and Ugliness between Good and Evil * Empowering Beauty: Beauty and Power and Beauty as Power * The Beauty of Broken Bodies: Beauty, Martyrdom, Eloquence and Emotion * PART II: BEAUTY AND MASCULINITY * Age before Beauty * Angels and Eunuchs: the Beauty of Liminal Masculinity * The Fragile Beauty of Soldiers * Conclusion