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Author Gleason, Maud W., 1954- author.

Title Making men : sophists and self-presentation in ancient Rome / Maud W. Gleason
Published Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, [1995]


Description 1 online resource : illustrations
Contents Ch. 1. Favorinus and His Statue -- Ch. 2. Portrait of Polemo: The Deportment of the Public Self -- Ch. 3. Deportment as Language Physiognomy and the Semiotics of Gender -- Ch. 4. Aerating the Flesh: Voice Training and the Calisthenics of Gender -- Ch. 5. Voice and Virility in Rhetorical Writers -- Ch. 6. Manhood Achieved through Speech: A Eunuch-Philosopher's Self-Fashioning
Summary The careers of two popular second-century rhetorical virtuosos offer Maud Gleason fascinating insights into the ways ancient Romans constructed masculinity during a time marked by anxiety over manly deportment. Declamation was an exhilarating art form for the Greeks and bilingual Romans of the Second Sophistic movement, and its best practitioners would travel the empire performing in front of enraptured audiences. The mastery of rhetoric marked the transition to manhood for all aristocratic citizens and remained crucial to a man's social standing. In treating rhetoric as a process of self-presentation in a face-to-face society, Gleason analyzes the deportment and writings of the two Sophists - Favorinus, a eunuch, and Polemo, a man who met conventional gender expectations - to suggest the ways character and gender were perceived
Physiognomical texts of the era show how intently men scrutinized one another for minute signs of gender deviance in such features as gait, gesture, facial expression, and voice. Rhetoricians trained to develop these traits in a "masculine" fashion. Examining the successful career of Favorinus, whose high-pitched voice and florid presentation contrasted sharply with the traditionalist style of Polemo, Gleason shows, however, that ideal masculine behavior was not a monolithic abstraction. In a highly accessible study treating the semiotics of deportment and the medical, cultural, and moral issues surrounding rhetorical activity, she explores the possibilities of self presentation in the search for recognition as a speaker and a man
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 171-174) and indexes
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Subject Favorinus, of Arles, approximately 81-approximately 150 -- Criticism and interpretation
Polemo, Antonius, approximately 88-145 -- Criticism and interpretation
Favorinus, of Arles, approximately 81-approximately 150
Polemo, Antonius, approximately 88-145
Greek literature -- Rome -- History and criticism
Masculinity in literature.
Masculinity -- Rome
Sophists (Greek philosophy)
Rhetoric, Ancient.
Speeches, addresses, etc., Greek -- History and criticism
Greek literature -- Appreciation -- Rome
Civilization, Greco-Roman.
LITERARY CRITICISM -- Ancient & Classical.
Civilization, Greco-Roman
Civilization -- Greek influences
Greek literature
Greek literature -- Appreciation
Masculinity in literature
Rhetoric, Ancient
Sophists (Greek philosophy)
Speeches, addresses, etc., Greek
Romeinen (volk)
Littérature grecque hellénistique.
Sophistes grecs.
Civilisation classique.
Rome -- Civilization -- Greek influences.
Rome (Empire)
Rome -- Civilisation -- Influence grecque.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780691187570