Love Between Women: Early Christian Responses to Female Homoeroticism

Love Between Women: Early Christian Responses to Female Homoeroticism

by Bernadette J. Brooten
     
 

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Bernadette J. Brooten examines female homoeroticism and the role of women in the ancient Roman world. Employing an unparalleled range of cultural sources, from magical spells and medical texts to astrological horoscopes, Brooten finds evidence of marriages between women and discusses the surgical procedure of clitoridectomy as a method of controlling female… See more details below

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Bernadette J. Brooten examines female homoeroticism and the role of women in the ancient Roman world. Employing an unparalleled range of cultural sources, from magical spells and medical texts to astrological horoscopes, Brooten finds evidence of marriages between women and discusses the surgical procedure of clitoridectomy as a method of controlling female homoeroticism. She incontrovertibly establishes the fact that condemnations of female homoerotic practices were based on widespread awareness of sexual love between women. Culling significant information from her sources to illuminate the lives and beliefs of myriad ancient Mediterranean peoples, she gives a tour, at once delightful and distressing, of Roman-world attitudes.

Editorial Reviews

Mary Rose D'Angelo
An extraordinary accomplishment...A definitive source for all future discussion of homoeroticism and the Bible.
Harvard Gay & Lesbian Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226075921
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
11/28/1998
Series:
The Chicago Series on Sexuality, History, and Society Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
446
Sales rank:
722,505
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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