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The Anatomy of Dance Discourse
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The Anatomy of Dance Discourse: Literary and Philosophical Approaches to Dance in the Later Graeco-Roman World

Karin Schlapbach


This book makes an original contribution to the newly thriving field of ancient Greek and Roman performance and dance studies. It offers a better grasp of ancient perceptions and conceptualizations of dance through the lens of literary texts. It gives attention not only to the highly encoded genre of pantomime, which dominates the stages in the Roman Empire, but also to acrobatic, non-representational dances. It is distinctive in its juxtaposition of ancient theorizations of dance with literary depictions of dance scenes. Part I explores the contact zones of ancient dance discourse with other ... More

Keywords: dance, Roman Empire, prose, poetry, rhetoric, language, religion, philosophy, ekphrasis, experience

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198807728
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198807728.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Karin Schlapbach, author
Professor of Classical Philology, University of Fribourg