The body in antiquity
The body in antiquity

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The body in antiquity

Learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • understand what makes the study of the ancient body important for our understanding of ancient society

  • understand the meaning and significance of key theoretical approaches to bodies (‘habitus’, ‘cultural scripts’)

  • understand the central role of specific cultural circumstances in the way human societies view and treat the body

  • display knowledge of some diverging ancient and modern approaches to the body.


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