Sexuality in Greek and Roman Culture [NOOK Book]

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Sexuality in Greek and Roman Culture is the first comprehensive survey of ancient Greek and Roman Sexuality. Drawing on literary artistic and archaeological evidence as well as on scholarly sources, it covers a wide range of subjects including Greek pederasty and the symposium, ancient prostitution, women in Latin love elegy, and the public regulation or sexual behavior. Different class and gender perspectives are taken into account as far as they can be recovered.
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Overview

Sexuality in Greek and Roman Culture is the first comprehensive survey of ancient Greek and Roman Sexuality. Drawing on literary artistic and archaeological evidence as well as on scholarly sources, it covers a wide range of subjects including Greek pederasty and the symposium, ancient prostitution, women in Latin love elegy, and the public regulation or sexual behavior. Different class and gender perspectives are taken into account as far as they can be recovered.
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“What has long been badly needed is a comprehensive survey that examines Greco-Roman sexuality, non-judgementally, in its own cultural context. Marilyn Skinner’s Sexuality in Greek and Roman Culture does just that … Non-ideological, its vast scholarship distilled in elegant prose for the general reader, sensible in its judgements, and equipped with a formidable bibliography, this splendid book replaces all earlier works on the subject for those in search of knowledge rather than confirmation of their prejudices.” Times Literary Supplement (Books of the Year)

"This book is not only an overview of sexuality but also an introduction to all forms of interpersonal relations, as Skinner uses the social and political structures of the time to account for differing notions of sexuality across time periods … As a general introduction to the topic this work is highly successful in that it gives a thorough overview of current literature while encouraging further reading and discussion … this is a most successful addition to the work on ancient sexuality and comes at a time when sexuality is becoming such a popular research topic.” Scholia: Studies in Classical Antiquity

"More than twenty years of researching and teaching sex and gender in antiquity, on both Greek and Roman topics, makes Marilyn Skinner an ideal candidate to write the first textbook-style survey of the subject ... I already look forward to the possibility of future editions." Bryn Mawr Classical Review

“Elegantly written and skillfully argued, Sexuality in Greek and Roman Culture brilliantly conveys the complexity of ancient attitudes towards sexuality and gender and the modern debates they have engendered. This book is comprehensive yet concise, theoretically sophisticated and yet accessible for an undergraduate reader.” Laura McClure, University of Wisconsin, Madison

"For several reasons this book may be considered a masterpiece ... The book is eminently readable, with the occasional good sense of humour. Moreover it is an outstanding example of integrated scholarship, aptly covering literary, epigraphical and papyrological source material as well as iconographical evidence ... and comparitive material with reference to contemporary issues." Les Etudes Classiques

“Written in a clear, engaging style that is enlivened with many touches of wit and humour, and, in addition, extremely well organized – a great challenge given the complexity of the subject.”
Beert Verstraete
Department of Classics
Acadia University

“A cultural history of ancient sexuality that is necessary reading for classicists wanting an introduction to this relatively new field, but also of interest to specialists outside classics because of her concern to demonstrate how constructions of ancient sexuality are similar to, yet different from, modern western conceptions of sex and gender.”
Journal of the Classical Association of Canada

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118611081
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/23/2013
  • Series: Ancient Cultures
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 464
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Marilyn B. Skinner is Professor of Classics at the University of Arizona in Tucson. Her previous publications include Catullus’ Passer: The Arrangement of the Book of Polymetric Poems (1981), Roman Sexualities (co-edited, 1997), Catullus in Verona (2003), and Vergil, Philodemus, and the Augustans (co-edited, 2004).

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Table of Contents

Introduction : why ancient sexuality? : issues and approaches 1
1 The Homeric age : epic sexuality 21
2 The archaic age : symposium and initiation 45
3 Late archaic Athens : more than meets the eye 79
4 Classical Athens : the politics of sex 112
5 The Hellenistic period I : turning inwards 148
6 The Hellenistic period II : the feminine mystique 171
7 Republican and Augustan Rome I : noble Romans and degenerate Greeks 192
8 Republican and Augustan Rome II : the soft embrace of Venus 212
9 Imperial Rome I : desire under pressure 240
10 Imperial Rome II : on the margins of empire 255
Afterword : the use of antiquity 283
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