Idealisiert, sexualisiert, materialisiert, politisiert: Antike Körper und ihre Geschichte(n)

Meister, Jan; Borsch, Jonas (2022). Idealisiert, sexualisiert, materialisiert, politisiert: Antike Körper und ihre Geschichte(n). H-Soz-Kult (Internetpublikation) Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

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Bodies have a history: The way in which bodies are perceived, conceptualized, and embedded into social practices are all subject to historical change. Bodies in antiquity are, to a certain extent, a special case. On the one hand, one must take into account the long tradition of reception, ranging from the idea that the Greeks “discovered” the western concept of “the body” and the notion of “ideal nudity”, to the supposedly “anti-carnal” ascetics of late antique Christianity – the critical engagement with these paradigms has proved to be a crucial source of inspiration for recent research. On the other hand, the debates following Michel Foucault’s work on ancient sexuality have been dominating the field of body history in antiquity for a long time, demonstrating simultaneously the “otherness” and the relevance of antiquity for modern thinking. In recent years, however, new tracks of research emerged: disability studies of antiquity, studies on pain experience or the vast field of political bodies that still holds great potential. Due to the recent posthumous publication of Foucault’s fourth volume of the History of Sexuality, the wide range of studies on Christian bodies and the deconstruction of the supposedly “anti-carnal” stance of late antique ascetism promise to gain a new impulse.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of History and Archaeology > Institute of History > Ancient History and Reception History of the Ancient World

UniBE Contributor:

Meister, Jan Bernhard and Borsch, Jonas


900 History > 930 History of ancient world (to ca. 499)




Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin


[42] Schweizerischer Nationalfonds


[UNSPECIFIED] Herrscherkörper in den Monarchien der Spätantike und des frühen Mittelalters




Jan Bernhard Meister

Date Deposited:

23 Feb 2022 15:49

Last Modified:

05 Dec 2022 16:07

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Körpergeschichte, Frauen-, Männer- und Geschlechtergeschichte, Historiografiegeschichte, Historische Diskursanalyse, Kultur, Militär- und Gewaltgeschichte, Soziales




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