Sexuality in Greek and Roman Culture / Edition 1

Sexuality in Greek and Roman Culture / Edition 1

by Marilyn B. Skinner
     
 

ISBN-10: 0631232346

ISBN-13: 9780631232346

Pub. Date: 02/28/2005

Publisher: Wiley

Sexuality in Greek and Roman Culture is the first comprehensive survey of ancient Greek and Roman sexuality.

  • Covers a wide range of subjects, including Greek pederasty and the symposium, ancient prostitution, representations of women in Greece and Rome, and the public regulation of sexual behavior.
  • Introduces readers to the bitter theoretical debates
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    Overview

    Sexuality in Greek and Roman Culture is the first comprehensive survey of ancient Greek and Roman sexuality.

  • Covers a wide range of subjects, including Greek pederasty and the symposium, ancient prostitution, representations of women in Greece and Rome, and the public regulation of sexual behavior.
  • Introduces readers to the bitter theoretical debates that have been fought about gender and sexuality in the classical world.
  • The material is ordered chronologically.
  • Draws parallels between ancient sexual ideology and contemporary culture.
  • Draws on literary, artistic and archaeological sources, as well as secondary scholarly sources.
  • Theoretically sophisticated and skillfully argued, yet accessible.
  • Product Details

    ISBN-13:
    9780631232346
    Publisher:
    Wiley
    Publication date:
    02/28/2005
    Series:
    Ancient Cultures Series
    Edition description:
    New Edition
    Pages:
    376
    Product dimensions:
    6.75(w) x 9.70(h) x 1.15(d)

    Table of Contents

    Illustrations and Maps.

    Preface.

    Acknowledgments.

    Abbreviations.

    Chronological Chart.

    Introduction: Why Ancient Sexuality? Issues and Approaches.

    Thinking about Sex.

    Sex Changes.

    Essentialism vs. Constructionism.

    The Language and Ethos of Boy-Love.

    Foul Mouths.

    Conclusion.

    1 The Homeric Age: Epic Sexuality.

    The Golden Goddess.

    Dynamics of Desire.

    The Baneful Race of Women.

    Love under Siege.

    The Beguilement of Zeus.

    Alternatives to Penelope.

    Achilles in the Closet?.

    Conclusion.

    2 The Archaic Age: Symposium and Initiation.

    When the Cups Are Placed.

    Fields of Erotic Dreams.

    Singing as a Man….

    …and Singing as a Woman.

    Boys into Men.

    Girls into Women.

    Conclusion.

    3 Late Archaic Athens: More Than Meets the Eye.

    Out of Etruria.

    Lines of Sight.

    Flirtation at the Gym.

    Party Girls.

    In the Boudoir.

    Bride of Quietness.

    Conclusion.

    4 Classical Athens: The Politics of Sex.

    More Equal Than Others.

    Pederasty and Class.

    Interview with the Kinaidos.

    In the Grandest Families.

    What the Neighbors Might Think.

    His and Hers [or His].

    Conclusion.

    5 The Hellenistic Period I: Turning Inwards.

    Hippocrates’ Woman Becomes a Man.

    From Croton to Crete.

    Safe Sex.

    Athenian Idol.

    Conclusion.

    6 The Hellenistic Period II: The Feminine Mystique.

    Disrobing Aphrodite.

    Love among the Pyramids.

    To Colchis and Back.

    Desiring Women – and Their Detractors.

    Conclusion.

    7 Republican and Augustan Rome I: Noble Romans and Degenerate Greeks.

    The Pecking Order.

    Imported Vices.

    Bringing Women under Control.

    Butchery for Fun.

    Conclusion.

    8 Republican and Augustan Rome II: The Soft Embrace of Venus.

    Only Joking.

    Young Men (?) in Love.

    Going Too Far.

    Mother of All Empires.

    Conclusion.

    9 Imperial Rome I: Desire under Pressure.

    Risky Business.

    Boys Named Sue.

    Them.

    Conclusion.

    10 Imperial Rome II: On the Margins of Empire.

    In the Eye of the Beholder.

    The Silence of the Grave.

    Greek Love under Rome.

    Toward Salvation?.

    Conclusion.

    Afterword: The Use of Antiquity.

    Notes.

    Bibliography.

    Index

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