Episode 1: Desirability and domination: Greek sculpture and the modern male body | 2011 - Lunch Hour Lectures on Tour at The British Museum
Episode 1 - Lunch Hour Lectures on Tour - 2011 - The British Museum
Desirability and domination: Greek sculpture and the modern male body
This lecture will discuss Greek sculptures and some of the ways in which their ideal representations of the male body have shaped the twentieth century strong man and the bodybuilder, particularly in terms of their display of power and sexuality. The talk will include the culture of the circus strongman, bodybuilding shows, physique magazines and the post-war craze for Italian sword-and-sandal films starring bodybuilders as ancient heroes.
Prof Maria Wyke
UCL Greek & Latin
23 June 2011
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