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In Centaurs and Amazons, Page duBois offers a prehistory of hierarchy. Using structural anthropology, symbolic analysis, and recent literary theory, she demonstrates a shift in Greek thought from the fifth to the fourth century B.C. that had a profound influence upon subsequent Western culture and politics. Through an analysis of mythology, drama, sculpture, architecture, and Greek vase painting, duBois documents the transition from a system of thought that organized the experience of difference in terms of polarity and analogy to one based upon a relatively rigid hierarchical scheme. This was the beginning of "the great chain of being," the philosophical construct that all life was organized in minute gradations of superiority and inferiority. This scheme, in various guises, has continued to influence philosophical and political thought. The author's intelligent and discriminating use of scholarship from various fields makes Centaurs and Amazons an impressive interdisciplinary study of interest to classicists, feminist scholars, historians, art historians, anthropologists, and political scientists.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page
  2. p. iii
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  1. Copyright
  2. p. iv
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. ix
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  1. Contents
  2. p. xi
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-24
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  1. I. Centaurs and Amazons
  2. pp. 25-48
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  1. II. Centauromachy/Amazonomachy
  2. pp. 49-77
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  1. III. Greeks and Barbarians
  2. pp. 78-94
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  1. IV. Humans and Animals
  2. pp. 95-109
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  1. V. Men and Women
  2. pp. 110-128
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  1. VI. Hierarchy
  2. pp. 129-149
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 150-152
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  1. Index
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  1. Image Plates
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780472021543
Related ISBN
9780472081530
MARC Record
OCLC
794701612
Pages
176
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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