By Thorsten Fögen, Thorsten Fogen, Mireille M. Lee
Within the Graeco-Roman international, the cosmic order used to be enacted, partly, via our bodies. The evaluative divisions among, for instance, men and women, people and animals, ""barbarians"" and ""civilized"" humans, slaves and loose electorate, or mortals and immortals, might all be performed out around the terrain of somatic distinction, embedded because it was once inside wider social and cultural matrices.This quantity explores those thematics of our bodies and bounds: to check the ways that our bodies, lived and imagined, have been implicated in problems with cosmic order and social business enterprise in classical antiquity. It makes a speciality of the physique in functionality (especially in a rhetorical context), the erotic physique, the dressed physique, pagan and Christian our bodies in addition to divine our bodies and animal our bodies. The articles draw on various proof and techniques, hide a vast chronological and geographical span, and discover the methods our bodies can transgress and dissolve, to boot shore up, or perhaps create, limitations and hierarchies. This quantity exhibits that barriers are consistently negotiated, shifted and refigured throughout the practices and possibilities of embodiment.
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30: neque rusticitas neque peregrinitas resonet); 32 he should deploy a “sound” voice (sana vox), which avoids a whole array of negative characteristics, circumscribed as “dull” (subsurda), “coarse” (rudis), “exaggerated” (immanis), “hard” (dura), “stiff” (rigida), “hoarse” (rava) or “thick” (praepinguis), or “thin” (tenuis), “hollow” (inanis), “sharp” (acerba), “feeble” (pusilla), “soft” (mollis) or “effeminate” (effeminata). Apart from being correct (emendata), the pronunciation must also be clear (dilucida), ornate (ornata) and appropriate (apta), and thus possess the same virtues as an orator’s style, as Quintilian explains in the next thirty-five chapters (Inst.
Conclusion For reasons of space, the treatment of the subject of this article has had to be very selective. Among the ancient treatises on rhetoric, for example, the eleventh book of Quintilian’s Institutio oratoria in particular would merit a detailed analysis (see esp. Maier-Eichhorn 1989), since it is the only extant comprehensive treatment of the use of gestures in speeches. On the whole, it would be desirable to have a systematic compilation of theoretical reflections on nonverbal communication by ancient Greek and Roman authors.
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Bodies and Boundaries in Graeco-Roman Antiquity by Thorsten Fögen, Thorsten Fogen, Mireille M. Lee