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Classical Protagonists – Medieval Postures

Body Language in Early Medieval Illustrations of Late Antique Texts

Acta Historiae Artium Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae
Author: Anna Boreczky

The primary aim of my paper is to reveal the possible role of illustrations in the (re)interpretation of a text as seen in the example of an Ottonian image cycle illustrating a Late Antique adventure story. The work in question is the so-called Apollonius pictus (Budapest, National Széchényi Library, Cod. Lat. 4), a manuscript fragment consisting of three and a half large parchment leaves that contain the oldest known illustration cycle of the History of Apollonius, king of Tyre (Historia Apollonii Regis Tyri). The images (thirty-eight red line drawings) focus on the protagonists; with the exception of some ships, a few buildings and curtains, there is almost nothing that alludes to the mise-en-scène. In spite of their relative simplicity, the images effectively articulate the meaning of the story by means of the protagonists’ body language. Through the study of their postures and gestures in relation to the text and in the context of other early medieval visual narratives, I arrive at the conclusion that the images offer an alternative reading of the story. This reading gives the leading role to one of the female protagonists, Tarsia, and emphasizes special personality traits and life events that make her similar to saints. Analyzing the communicative function of the illustrations, I shed light on the Ottonian reception and use of classical narrative traditions from a specific perspective.

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Pease 1988 = Pease Allan: Body Language. How to Read Others’ Thoughts by Their Gestures London, Sheldon Press, 1988. Pease A. Body Language. How to

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. 2007 . Sociocultural situatedness of terminology in the life sciences: The history of splicing . In: Frank, R. – Dirven , R. – Zlatev , J. – Ziemke , T. (eds.) Body, Language and Mind. Vol II. Interrelations between Biology, Linguistics and

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. Beattie 2003 Visible Thought: The New Psychology of Body Language Routledge London . G. R. Benjamin

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instructor and his horse, when the instructor’s mild body language clues assured the horse in stepping on the true answers ( Poornima & Chakraborty, 2010 ; Rosenthal, 2002 ). Later on, Merton ( 1948 ) defined the SFPs, from which the PE emerged as an

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conversations and prevent non-verbal behaviors, such as body language and eye contacts, which results in a family communication of less quality ( Nazir & Piskin, 2016 ). Hong Kong, the most westernized and developed city of China, is one of the most

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Press . 451 – 484 . Nelson , Diane C. 1998 . Grammatical case assignment in Finnish . New York : Garland . Noonan , Michael 2008 . Case compounding in the Bodic languages . In G. G. Corbett and M. Noonan (eds.) Case and grammatical

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Biologia Futura
Authors: Ivaylo Borislavov Iotchev, Anna Egerer, Serena Grafe, András Adorján, and Enikő Kubinyi

knew about the body language and social behavior of dogs and the closely related wolf was derived from field observations in feral dogs and captive wolves ( Bonanni et al., 2010 , 2017 ; Cafazzo et al., 2014 ; Pal et al., 1998 ; Schenkel, 1967

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lesson. In Ian’s words “ people are not stupid, you can’t fool them ” (p. 2). Craig said, “ I keep getting feedback during the lesson: body language, eye contact, etc. I can size it up very well whether I’m on top or not and they react to it very

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