Jean-Pierre Vernant, Françoise Frontisi-Ducroux

In the Eye of the Mirror Publication date : August 1, 1997

How do the Greeks think of themselves ? Why do mirrors rarely reflect the true image of the person that looks into them ? And what image are they trying to project on others ? Formulated from an abundance of literature, iconography, and archeology, this book discusses the beginning foundations of individual representation. It is primarily a study of realities and appearances in an interpersonal society where social and personal status are dependant on how one is viewed and received in society. Secondly, the book analyses sexual identity and what it was in ancient Greece, through the study of a universal symbol, the mirror.

Jean-Pierre Vernant and Françoise Frontisi-Ducroux teach at the College of France.