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

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415901239
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/13/1989
  • Series: New Ancient World Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 282
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Meet the Author

John J. Winkler was formerly affiliated with Stanford University.

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Table of Contents

Preface vii
Abbreviations ix
Introduction 1
Part 1 Andres
Chapter 1. Unnatural Acts: Erotic Protocols in Artemidoros' Dream Analysis 17
Chapter 2. Laying Down the Law: The Oversight of Men's Sexual Behavior in Classical Athens 45
Chapter 3. The Constraints of Desire: Erotic Magical Spells 71
Interlude: Reading Against the Grain
Chapter 4. The Education of Chloe: Hidden Injuries of Sex 101
Part 2 Gunaikes
Chapter 5. Penelope's Cunning and Homer's 129
Chapter 6. Double Consciousness in Sappho's Lyrics 162
Chapter 7. The Laughter of the Oppressed: Demeter and the Gardens of Adonis 188
Appendix 1 Translation of Artemidoros 1.78-80 210
Appendix 2 Phusis and Natura Meaning "Genitals" 217
Notes 221
Bibliography 237
Index of Passages Discussed 255
General Index 261
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