Paralysin Cave: Impotence, Perception and Text in the Satyricaof Petronius

Paralysin Cave: Impotence, Perception and Text in the Satyricaof Petronius

by Joseph A. McMahon
     
 

This volume explores the literary representation of male sexual dysfunction and discusses the natural and supernatural elements of an ancient folk medical system based on conceptual associations between male sexuality and specific plants, animals and minerals. The work incorporates material from both literary and scientific sources to draw parallels between ancient…  See more details below

Overview

This volume explores the literary representation of male sexual dysfunction and discusses the natural and supernatural elements of an ancient folk medical system based on conceptual associations between male sexuality and specific plants, animals and minerals. The work incorporates material from both literary and scientific sources to draw parallels between ancient and modern paradigms of healing. The literary depiction of attempts to remedy impotence demonstrates how an accessibility to cures contributes to the sexual and social reintegration of the sufferer. The Satyrica of Petronius echoes this process by means of the text itself and so effects similar ends. The book provides new insights into literature and the ancient belief systems underlying it with its original and integrative approach to disciplines such as philology, botany, mineralogy, zoology and medicine.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789004108257
Publisher:
Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
12/01/1997
Series:
Mnemosyne, Supplements Series, #176
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.36(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.95(d)

Meet the Author

John M. McMahon, Ph.D. (1993) in Classical Studies, University of Pennsylvania, is Assistant Professor of Classics at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY. He has published articles on ancient natural history and Petronian fiction.

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