Homosexuality in Greece and Rome: A Sourcebook of Basic Documents / Edition 1

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"The most important primary texts on homosexuality in ancient Greece and Rome are translated into modern, explicit English and collected together for the first time in this comprehensive sourcebook. Covering an extensive period - from the earliest Greek texts in the late seventh century b.c.e. to Greco-Roman texts of the third and fourth centuries c.e. - the volume includes well-known writings by Plato, Sappho, Aeschines, Catullus, and Juvenal, as well as less well known but highly relevant and intriguing texts such as graffiti, comic fragments, magical papyri, medical treatises, and selected artistic evidence. These fluently translated texts, together with Thomas K. Hubbard's valuable introductions, clearly show that there was in fact no more consensus about homosexuality in ancient Greece and Rome than there is today." The material is organized by period and genre, allowing readers to consider chronological developments in both Greece and Rome. Individual texts each are presented with a short introduction contextualizing them by date and, where necessary, discussing their place within a larger work. Chapter introductions discuss questions of genre and the ideological significance of the texts, while Hubbard's general introduction to the volume addresses issues such as sexual orientation in antiquity, moral judgments, class and ideology, and lesbianism. With its broad, unexpurgated, and thoroughly informed presentation, this unique anthology gives an essential perspective on homosexuality in classical antiquity.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520234307
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 5/12/2003
  • Series: Joan Palevsky Book in Classical Literatu
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 575
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas K. Hubbard is Professor of Classics at the University of Texas, Austin, and author of The Pipes of Pan:
Intertextuality and Literary Filiation in the Pastoral Tradition from Theocritus to Milton
(1998) and The Mask of Comedy: Aristophanes and the Intertextual Parabasis (1991), among other books.

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Table of Contents

Translation Credits
Introduction 1
1 Archaic Greek Lyric 21
2 Greek Historical Texts 55
3 Greek Comedy 86
4 Greek Oratory 118
5 Greek Philosophy 163
6 Hellenistic Poetry 268
7 Republican Rome 308
8 Augustan Rome 344
9 Early Imperial Rome 383
10 Later Greco-Roman Antiquity 443
Works Cited 533
Index 549
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2005

    A Much Needed Work

    Thomas Hubbard has produced the most significant anthology about Greek and Roman homosexuality ever. I had wanted to do such a book twenty years ago, but I lacked the skill. A master of the Greek tongue, he found the best translations of texts often misunderstood or bowdlerized, and when he couldn¿t find any, he translated them himself or commissioned others to do so. He additionally placed extensive and erudite introductions along with very useful bibliographic notes at the beginning of each of chapter. Each chapter is well footnoted, and as Hubbard says in his preface, ¿The footnotes are geared to a general undergraduate audience that has little previous knowledge of classical civilization and may need explanation of basic cultural artifacts or historical references. The notes also include points of interpretation, which should interest both the general and the more knowledgeable reader.¿ He effectively demolished the absurdities of John Boswell and David Halperin, and criticized the less reprehensible but still erroneous theses of Dover and Foucault. True, Hubbard did not do much with lesbianism, but then it didn¿t appear often in the sources. His subtle but devastating attacks on social constructionists, extreme feminists, lesbiterians, and Socarides, the other (dying- off) old-time American Freudians, and the child abuse industry make his work not only intellectually unassailable but socially and legally relevant. It is the first of its kind and will not conceivably be surpassed. Reviewers and others may over time be able to add a few items or even quibble a bit with the translations offered. It is plausible, at the most, that a second edition may be needed in a decade or two.

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