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Dancing through the ages in Greece. A comparative study on Bronze Age-, Classical period- and Folk dancing

Renhed, Linda LU (2012) ARKM24 20121
Classical archaeology and ancient history
Abstract
This thesis has dealt with dancing in the Greek Bronze Age from an anthropological perspective. The main question was whether any similarities in dancing in the Bronze Age through to the Classical period could be seen. By using an archaeological material and modern research on dance in the Classical period and on folk dancing in Greece today, the aim was to easier be able to interpret the Bronze Age material and see similarities between the different periods.
The study has shown that later dancing includes running, fast steps, jumps and turns. The dances and styles of the Classical period and the modern folk dances are in that way very similar. Both men and women took part in these dances. The Bronze Age dancing was performed by young... (More)
This thesis has dealt with dancing in the Greek Bronze Age from an anthropological perspective. The main question was whether any similarities in dancing in the Bronze Age through to the Classical period could be seen. By using an archaeological material and modern research on dance in the Classical period and on folk dancing in Greece today, the aim was to easier be able to interpret the Bronze Age material and see similarities between the different periods.
The study has shown that later dancing includes running, fast steps, jumps and turns. The dances and styles of the Classical period and the modern folk dances are in that way very similar. Both men and women took part in these dances. The Bronze Age dancing was performed by young women, the style strong and graceful with focus on arm movements and the s-shaped body posture, something that is missing in later dancing.
The conclusion is that there are no similarities between Bronze Age- and Classical period dancing in Greece. The Bronze Age dancing, at least in the art, seems to have disappeared in the period of unrest in the last phase of the Bronze Age. (Less)
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Renhed, Linda LU
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ARKM24 20121
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H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
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English
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2543860
date added to LUP
2012-06-19 08:40:48
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  abstract     = {This thesis has dealt with dancing in the Greek Bronze Age from an anthropological perspective. The main question was whether any similarities in dancing in the Bronze Age through to the Classical period could be seen. By using an archaeological material and modern research on dance in the Classical period and on folk dancing in Greece today, the aim was to easier be able to interpret the Bronze Age material and see similarities between the different periods. 
The study has shown that later dancing includes running, fast steps, jumps and turns. The dances and styles of the Classical period and the modern folk dances are in that way very similar. Both men and women took part in these dances. The Bronze Age dancing was performed by young women, the style strong and graceful with focus on arm movements and the s-shaped body posture, something that is missing in later dancing. 
The conclusion is that there are no similarities between Bronze Age- and Classical period dancing in Greece. The Bronze Age dancing, at least in the art, seems to have disappeared in the period of unrest in the last phase of the Bronze Age.},
  author       = {Renhed, Linda},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Dancing through the ages in Greece. A comparative study on Bronze Age-, Classical period- and Folk dancing},
  year         = {2012},
}