A Cultural History of Sexuality in the Classical World

A Cultural History of Sexuality in the Classical World


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A Cultural History of Sexuality in the Classical World by Mark Golden

Though many of the sexual practices of the Ancient Greeks and Romans are known and accepted today, the meanings the Ancients associated with these acts were often utterly different from our own. Both idea and practice also varied within antiquity, shaped by locale, history, social class, age, legal status, and gender. Focusing on the cultures of the Mediterranean from 800 BCE to 350 CE, A Cultural History of Sexuality in the Classical World covers sexual practices, feelings, and ideas from the time of Homer to the transformation of the Roman Empire.

A Cultural History of Sexuality in the Classical World presents an overview of the period with essays on heterosexuality, homosexuality, sexual variations, religious and legal issues, health concerns, popular beliefs about sexuality, prostitution and erotica.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781472539205
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 03/13/2014
Series: The Cultural Histories Series
Pages: 360
Product dimensions: 6.60(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Mark Golden is Professor of Classics at the University of Winnipeg, Canada and author of Children and Childhood in Classical Athens, Sport and Society in Ancient Greece, Sport in the Ancient World from A to Z, and Greek Sport and Social Status.

Peter Toohey is Professor in the Department of Greek and Roman Studies at the University of Calgary, Canada and is author of Reading Epic, Epic Lessons and Melancholy, Love and Time.

Table of Contents

Series Acknowledgements
List of Illustrations

1 Introduction
Mark Golden, University of Winnipeg, Canada, and Peter Toohey, University of Calgary, Canada.

2 Heterosexuality
Susan Lape, University of Southern California, USA

3 Homosexuality
Daniel Ogden, University of Exeter, UK

4 Sexual Variations: Sexual Peculiarities of the Ancient Greeks and Romans
John Younger, University of Kansas, USA

5 Sex, Religion, and the Law
Esther Eidinow, Newman University College, Birmingham, UK

6 Sex, Medicine, and Disease
Helen King, University of Reading, UK

7 Sex, Popular Beliefs, and Culture
Holt Parker, University of Cincinnati, USA

8 Prostitution
Allison Glazebrook, Brock University, Canada

9 Erotica: Visual Representation of Greek and Roman Sexual Culture
John R. Clarke, University of Texas, USA

Index of Ancient Sources
Subject Index

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