The Constraints of Desire: The Anthropology of Sex and Gender in Ancient Greece / Edition 1

The Constraints of Desire: The Anthropology of Sex and Gender in Ancient Greece / Edition 1

by John J. Winkler
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0415901235

ISBN-13: 9780415901239

Pub. Date: 12/13/1989

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

For centuries, classical scholars have intensely debated the "position of women" in classical Athens. Did women have a vast but informal power, or were they little better than slaves? Using methods developed from feminist anthropology, Winkler steps back from this narrowly framed question and puts it in the larger context of how sex and gender in ancient Greece were

Overview

For centuries, classical scholars have intensely debated the "position of women" in classical Athens. Did women have a vast but informal power, or were they little better than slaves? Using methods developed from feminist anthropology, Winkler steps back from this narrowly framed question and puts it in the larger context of how sex and gender in ancient Greece were culturally constructed. His innovative approach uncovers the very real possibilities for female autonomy that existed in Greek society.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415901239
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
12/13/1989
Series:
New Ancient World Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
282
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.59(d)

Table of Contents

Prefacevii
Abbreviationsix
Introduction1
Part 1Andres
Chapter 1.Unnatural Acts: Erotic Protocols in Artemidoros' Dream Analysis17
Chapter 2.Laying Down the Law: The Oversight of Men's Sexual Behavior in Classical Athens45
Chapter 3.The Constraints of Desire: Erotic Magical Spells71
Interlude: Reading Against the Grain
Chapter 4.The Education of Chloe: Hidden Injuries of Sex101
Part 2Gunaikes
Chapter 5.Penelope's Cunning and Homer's129
Chapter 6.Double Consciousness in Sappho's Lyrics162
Chapter 7.The Laughter of the Oppressed: Demeter and the Gardens of Adonis188
Appendix 1Translation of Artemidoros 1.78-80210
Appendix 2Phusis and Natura Meaning "Genitals"217
Notes221
Bibliography237
Index of Passages Discussed255
General Index261

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