Intro -- Contents -- Introduction to "Visualizing the invisible with the human body: Physiognomy and ekphrasis in the ancient world" -- Part I: Mesopotamia and India -- 1. Demarcating ekphrasis in Mesopotamia -- 2. Mesopotamian and Indian physiognomy -- 3. Umṣatu in omen and medical texts: An overview -- 4. The series Šumma Ea liballiṭka revisited -- 5. Late Babylonian astrological physiognomy -- Part II: Classical Antiquity -- 6. Pathos, physiognomy and ekphrasis from Aristotle to the Second Sophistic -- 7. Iconism and characterism of Polybius Rhetor, Trypho and Publius Rutilius Lupus Rhetor -- 8. Physiognomic roots in the rhetoric of Cicero and Quintilian: The application and transformation of traditional physiognomics -- 9. Good emperors, bad emperors: The function of physiognomic representation in Suetonius’ De vita Caesarum and common sense physiognomics -- 10. Physiognomy, ekphrasis, and the ’ethnographicising’ register in the second sophistic -- 11. Representing the insane -- Part III: Semitic traditions -- 12. The question of ekphrasis in ancient Levantine narrative -- 13. Physiognomy as a secret for the king. The chapter on physiognomy in the pseudo-Aristotelian "Secret of Secrets" -- 14. Ekphrasis of a manuscript (MS London, British Library, Or. 12070). Is the "London Physiognomy" a fake or a "semi-fake," and is it a witness to the Secret of Secrets (Sirr al-Asrār) or to one of its sources? -- 15. A lost Greek text on physiognomy by Archelaos of Alexandria in Arabic translation transmitted by Ibn Abī Ṭālib al-Dimashqī: An edition and translation of the fragments with glossaries of the Greek, Syriac, and Arabic traditions -- Index.
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