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Nationalism and Classicism

The Classical Body as National Symbol in Nineteenth-Century England and France

  • Athena S. Leoussi

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Physical Anthropology and Ethnographic Art

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
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    3. Athena S. Leoussi
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    4. Athena S. Leoussi
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  3. Physical Anthropology, Religion and Nationalism

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 85-85
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  4. The Classical Revival in English and French Art

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 131-131
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    4. Athena S. Leoussi
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  5. Back Matter
    Pages 203-260

About this book

Introduction

This is a comparative study of the national significance of the classical revival which marked English and French art during the second half of the nineteenth century. It argues that the main focus of artists' interest in classical Greece, was the body of the Greek athlete. It explains this interest, first, by artists' contact with the art of Pheidias and Polycletus which portrayed it; and second, by the claim, made by physical anthropologists, that the classical body typified the race of the European nations.

Keywords

anthropology England Europe France Greece nation

Authors and affiliations

  • Athena S. Leoussi
    • 1
  1. 1.University of ReadingUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1057/9780230372689
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 1998
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-40139-0
  • Online ISBN 978-0-230-37268-9
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