Sex and Sensuality in the Ancient World

Sex and Sensuality in the Ancient World

by Giulia Sissa, George Staunton
     
 

In this important book Giulia Sissa looks at sensuality and sexual desire in the Greek, Roman and early Christian worlds, demonstrating how modern concepts of sexuality emerge from the practices and theories of the ancient world. In contrast to other recent scholars, Sissa emphasizes the centrality of heterosexual desire and passion in the classical period, arguing

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In this important book Giulia Sissa looks at sensuality and sexual desire in the Greek, Roman and early Christian worlds, demonstrating how modern concepts of sexuality emerge from the practices and theories of the ancient world. In contrast to other recent scholars, Sissa emphasizes the centrality of heterosexual desire and passion in the classical period, arguing that the importance of homosexuality has been over-emphasized.Drawing widely on the literature and philosophy of the time, Sissa examines each culture in turn and challenges many of our assumptions. In particular, she draws a distinction between pleasure and desire in the ancient world, and analyses in detail the different ways in which men and women were seen to experience erotic feeling, looking closely at the portrayal of transgressive women such as Medea, Clytemnestra and Jocasta. Fresh, thoughtful and often provocative, this is a striking new analysis of the sexual attitudes that lay at the heart of the classical and post-classical world.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300108804
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
10/21/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Pt. 1 Eros the Tyrant 13

1 Desire 15

2 Pleasure 50

3 Bodies 72

4 Relationships 89

Pt. 2 Mollis Amor - Unmanly Love 131

Pt. 3 Perversa Voluntas - Deviant Inclination 165

Conclusion - Indefinite desire 192

Bibliography 207

Index 215

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