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Images of Gendered Identities. North-Thracian Case 5th – 3rd Century BC
Images of Gendered Identities. North-Thracian Case 5th – 3rd Century BC

Author(s): Magdalena Ştefan, Valeriu Sîrbu
Subject(s): History
Published by: Editura Istros - Muzeul Brailei
Keywords: gender; North-Thracian; iconography; Greek vases; funerary archaeology

Summary/Abstract: The authors intend to raise the discussion about how the identity of the dead was constructed with reference to male-female social roles, in the case of North-Thracian tumuli graves, attempting in an extended perspective to debate the meaning and specific attributes of gendered identities in the Thracian society. The clearest references about how sexual identity was perceived and represented, and to what degree it influenced the distribution of active roles in a society may be accessible to archaeologists essentially as twofold data: anthropological analyses of skeletal remains in relation with associations of deposited grave goods, and iconographic representations of men and women performing their roles either in a social or symbolic context. As both burials and iconography are constructs to be manipulated and loaded with ideological content, any gendered identity model identified is to be seen as a declaration on the ideal social organization or even on individual aspiration.

  • Issue Year: 16/2010
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 235-265
  • Page Count: 31
  • Language: English