Sexual Life in Ancient Rome / Edition 3

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First published in 2001. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

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Kiefer, a 20th-century German scholar, sums up Roman sexual life as "at first fulfilled in simple, severe, and prosaic married life, then developing into more sophisticated forms of sensuality, and degenerating into sadism, but always instinctive and always unspiritual." Kiefer's summation arises through examination of the woman in Roman life, the Romans and cruelty, sexual themes in Roman religion and philosophy, physical life (dress, dance, theater), love in Roman poetry (Virgil, Horace, Juvenal, Apuleius), Roman figures (Julius Caesar, Claudius, Ovid, and Nero), and the sexual-decadence cause for the fall of Rome. This is a translation of Kiefer's work (date not provided) by Gilbert and Helen Highet. The index comprises only authors and their works. Distributed by Columbia University Press. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780710307019
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/28/2001
  • Series: Kegan Paul Library of Sexual Life
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 5.74 (w) x 8.76 (h) x 1.18 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Otto Kiefer was a German scholar in the early part of the twentieth century.

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Table of Contents

Translator's Preface 7
Introduction: The Ideals of Rome 11
I Woman in Roman Life 17
1 Marriage 17
2 Divorce, Adultery, Celibacy, Concubinage 40
3 The Emancipation of Roman Women 50
4 Free Love 66
II The Roman and Cruelty 75
1 Education 80
2 Conquest 86
3 Law 91
4 Slavery 98
5 Public Executions 106
6 The Arena 111
III Roman Religion and Philosophy in Relation to Sexual Life 118
1 Indigenous Roman Deities 120
2 Venus 123
3 Liber, Phallus, Priapus 126
4 Bacchanalia 129
5 Cybele 134
6 Isis 139
7 Bona Dea 143
IV Physical Life 160
1 Dress and Ornament 160
2 The Toilet 168
3 Dancing and the Theatre 178
V Love in Roman Poetry 191
Plautus 193
Louretius 195
Catullus 198
Vergil 206
Horace 211
Tibullus 214
Sulpicia 220
Propertius 223
Ovid 233
The Priapeia 259
Phaedrus 260
Petronius 261
Seneca 269
Lucan 276
Persius 280
Valerius Flaccus 282
Silius Italicus 283
Statius 287
Martial 292
Juvenal 299
Apuleius 302
VI Men and Women of the Imperial Age 309
Julius Caesar 311
Augustus 312
The Elder Julia 315
The Younger Julia 322
Ovid 323
Tiberius 324
Caius (Caligula) 324
Claudius 328
Nero 331
Domitian 345
Antinous 350
Heliogabalus 355
VII The Fall of Rome and its Causes 364
Conclusion 381
Genealogical Table 387
Index of Authors Mentioned 389
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2006

    see it before buying

    I have a 1993 editon. The typeset is very poor, 1920's style. It is very hard to read. The language is also hard to understand, probably because of the translation. There appears to be a new translator with the new edition. I bought this used copy for a few dollars but I will never read it.

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