Bisexuality in the Ancient World / Edition 2

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In this readable and thought-provoking history of bisexuality in the classical age, Eva Cantarella draws on the full range of sources - from legal texts, inscriptions, and medical documents to poetry and philosophical literature - to reconstruct and compare the bisexual cultures of Athens and Rome. This new edition incorporates a new preface and an updated bibliography.
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Editorial Reviews

John F. Makowski
Cantarella presents the ancient evidence in a straightforward fashion, draws insightful comparisons between heterosexuality and homosexuality, and elucidates the larger cultural context of erotic experience. With its wide scope the book speaks to the classicist, the layman with an interest in antiquity, the student of sexuality, and even the unabashed seeker of piquant anecdotes.
Classical Journal
Alan Mendelson
An important study that is destined to take its place next to the classic works of Foucault and Pomeroy.
History: Reviews of New Books
Alan Sinfield
Offers a valuable, close-in reassessment of intricate evidence, freshly researched, readable, and open-minded.
Gay Times
Milton Diamond
This is a book I recommend for all students of sexology.
Journal of Psychology & Human Sexuality
Richard C. Friedman
A valuable contribution to scholarship about sexual orientation.
Psychoanalytic Quarterly
Paul Johnson
Eva Cantarella's cultural history of bisexuality in the ancient world ... is an intriguing and accessible study that draws upon a wide range of primary texts and sources... . A fascinating account of the multi-layered nature of bisexuality in ancient times.
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Charles C. Chiasson
Ambitious, learned, and thought-provoking... . The author displays an impressive command of a wide range of primary and secondary sources, and writes with blessed clarity.
Southern Humanities Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300093025
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2002
  • Series: Yale Nota Bene Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 322
  • Sales rank: 1,401,722
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.62 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition
Pt. 1 Greece
1 The Beginnings, the Greek Dark Age and the Archaic Period 3
2 The Classical Age 17
3 Homosexuality and Heterosexuality Compared in Philosophy and Literature 54
4 Women and Homosexuality 78
Pt. 2 Rome
5 The Archaic Period and the Republic 97
6 The Late Republic and the Principate 120
7 The Empire 155
8 The Metamorphoses of Sexual Ethics in the Ancient World 187
Conclusions 211
Notes 223
Abbreviations 269
Select Bibliography 273
Index 277
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2000

    some good things, some not so good things

    Cantarella never truly defines 'bisexuality' in this book, and thus it may read more like a book about homosexuality. The reader must sort through her sources with her and she uses a wide range of sources, not all as historically as I would have liked. She tried and succeeds in showing us how the ancients viewed same sex relationships and opposite sex relationships, more time is writtenon the same sex side of the equation. Likewise she is fairly successful is separating the 'philosophical' from the 'reality' in the ancient world. However, I found it very annoying that she used Greek sources from the Roman period in her Greek section and that some pages are word for word from 'Pandora's Daughters'.

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