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These two essays explore sexual tropes, rituals, and mores of Roman antiquity from a thoroughly modern perspective. While attentive to the historical interpretations of the mythical meeting of Diana and Actaeon, and the sexual rituals of ancient Rome, Klossowski's studies bring to the reader the affinity the author has for his subject matter.
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These two essays explore sexual tropes, rituals, and mores of Roman antiquity from a thoroughly modern perspective. While attentive to the historical interpretations of the mythical meeting of Diana and Actaeon, and the sexual rituals of ancient Rome, Klossowski's studies bring to the reader the affinity the author has for his subject matter.
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These erudite, vigorous works by the French author of The Baphomet grapple with nothing less than the nature of divinity and creation, Eros and Thanatos. In the chimerical ``Diana at Her Bath,'' the hunter Actaeon lacks the innocence attributed to him by legend: here, he deliberately accosts the chaste goddess as she bathes and even assaults her; here, she is both demonic and divine, assuming corporeal form in direct response to Actaeon's imaginings. Have the gods created mortals, or been created by them? Actaeon receives the classical punishment, and is elaborately deprived of the opportunity to tell of his experience by being transformed into a stag and then destroyed by his own hounds.``The Women of Rome'' explores eroticism as a nexus for the sacred mysteries, where the act of sex encompasses not only procreation but death and, ultimately, immortality. Less supple than ``Diana,'' the latter piece is studded with scholarly references, like a scintillating lecture by a mercurial professor. Illustrations (by the author) not seen by PW. (June)
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  • ISBN-13: 9781568860558
  • Publisher: Marsilio Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/1/1998
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 5.49 (w) x 8.48 (h) x 0.38 (d)

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    Staggering

    The book is a staggering study of the image-making process. If you're a painter you cannot neglect this book.

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