Sexuality in Greek and Roman Culture / Edition 1by Marilyn B. Skinner
Pub. Date: 02/28/2005
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, representations of women in Greece and Rome, and the/i>… See more details below
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, representations of women in Greece and Rome, and the public regulation of sexual behavior. Different class and gender perspectives are taken into account as far as they can be recovered.
The book also introduces the bitter theoretical battles that have been fought over ancient sexuality, particularly regarding what ancient societies believed about sex and sexual orientation. The author draws comparisons between ancient sexual ideology and contemporary culture, encouraging readers to understand the relationship between social institutions and personal sexual conduct. Designed for a general audience, Sexuality in Greek and Roman Culture is written in an elegant and accessible style. It offers sophisticated insights into complex social issues.
Table of Contents
Illustrations and Maps.
Introduction: Why Ancient Sexuality? Issues and Approaches.
Thinking about Sex.
Essentialism vs. Constructionism.
The Language and Ethos of Boy-Love.
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?.
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.
3 Late Archaic Athens: More Than Meets the Eye.
Out of Etruria.
Lines of Sight.
Flirtation at the Gym.
In the Boudoir.
Bride of Quietness.
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].
5 The Hellenistic Period I: Turning Inwards.
Hippocrates’ Woman Becomes a Man.
From Croton to Crete.
6 The Hellenistic Period II: The Feminine Mystique.
Love among the Pyramids.
To Colchis and Back.
Desiring Women – and Their Detractors.
7 Republican and Augustan Rome I: Noble Romans and Degenerate Greeks.
The Pecking Order.
Bringing Women under Control.
Butchery for Fun.
8 Republican and Augustan Rome II: The Soft Embrace of Venus.
Young Men (?) in Love.
Going Too Far.
Mother of All Empires.
9 Imperial Rome I: Desire under Pressure.
Boys Named Sue.
10 Imperial Rome II: On the Margins of Empire.
In the Eye of the Beholder.
The Silence of the Grave.
Greek Love under Rome.
Afterword: The Use of Antiquity.
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