Rape in Antiquity: Sexual Violence in the Greek and Roman Worlds

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This collection of 12 original essays provides an overview of how Greeks and Romans perceived the phenomenon of rape. Using the numerous references to rape in Greek legal speeches, comedy, tragedy, visual art and myth, the authors assess the degree of seriousness with which rape was taken and who was seen as its main victims. They also consider whether the numerous Greek and Roman myths that involve rape reflect real-life behaviour and attitudes. Modern readers, used to a discourse which focuses on the question ...

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Overview

This collection of 12 original essays provides an overview of how Greeks and Romans perceived the phenomenon of rape. Using the numerous references to rape in Greek legal speeches, comedy, tragedy, visual art and myth, the authors assess the degree of seriousness with which rape was taken and who was seen as its main victims. They also consider whether the numerous Greek and Roman myths that involve rape reflect real-life behaviour and attitudes. Modern readers, used to a discourse which focuses on the question of woman's (or man's) consent to sexual activity, and which treats an unwilling partner as a sympathetic victim, may find in ancient attitudes much that is disturbing. The book should be of interest to students of women's history, ancient history and classical myth. The contributors are: Karim Arafat, James Arieti, Lucy Byrne, Susan Deacy, Thomas Harrison, Keith Hopwood, Martin Kilmer, Daniel Ogden, Rosanna Omitowoju, Karen F. Pierce, James Robson and Corinne Saunders.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780715631478
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 7/31/2002
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Deacy is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Manchester.

Karen Pierce works for the University of Wales, College of Medicine.

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Table of Contents

Preface
1 Regulating rape: soap operas and self-interest in the Athenian courts 1
2 Rape, adultery and protection of bloodlines in classical Athens 25
3 The vulnerability of Athena: parthenoi and rape in Greek myth 43
4 Bestiality and bestial rape in Greek myth 65
5 State of the art - art of the State: sexual violence and politics in Late Archaic and Early Classical vase-painting 97
6 Rape in early red-figure pottery: violence and threat in homo-erotic and hetero-erotic contexts 123
7 Fear in the Seven against Thebes 143
8 The portrayal of rape in New Comedy 163
9 Herodotus and the ancient Greek idea of rape 185
10 Rape and Livy's view of Roman history 209
11 Byzantine princesses and lustful Turks 231
12 Classical paradigms of rape in the Middle Ages 243
Index 267
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