Games of Venus: An Anthology of Greek and Roman Erotic Verse from Sappho to Ovid

Games of Venus: An Anthology of Greek and Roman Erotic Verse from Sappho to Ovid

by Peter Bing
     
 

Recent attacks on contemporary art have portrayed the erotic content of works by Robert Mapplethorpe and others as if it were a deviation from the Western artistic tradition. On the contrary, there is a rich tradition of eroticism in the arts beginning with the erotic verse of ancient Greek and Roman poets. Games of Venus, the first comprehensive anthologySee more details below

Overview

Recent attacks on contemporary art have portrayed the erotic content of works by Robert Mapplethorpe and others as if it were a deviation from the Western artistic tradition. On the contrary, there is a rich tradition of eroticism in the arts beginning with the erotic verse of ancient Greek and Roman poets. Games of Venus, the first comprehensive anthology in English of ancient Greek and Roman erotic verse, revives this tradition for the modern reader. Games of Venus presents the whole spectrum of erotic poetry from Sappho to Ovid in translations which evoke the full range of styles and tones present in the original Greek and Latin. Brief biographical sketches accompany the work of each poet as do notes referring to the myths, geography, historical events, personages, and sexual and social customs mentioned in the verse.

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The rich Western tradition of eroticism in the arts is well- represented in this comprehensive anthology of ancient Greek and Roman erotic verse--introduced, translated, and annotated by editors Bing and Cohen. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415902601
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis, Inc.
Publication date:
07/01/1991
Series:
The New Ancient World
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 2.00(d)

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