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Bisexuality in the Ancient World / Edition 2
     

Bisexuality in the Ancient World / Edition 2

by Eva Cantarella, Cormac Ó Cuilleanáin
 

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ISBN-10: 0300093020

ISBN-13: 9780300093025

Pub. Date: 03/28/2002

Publisher: Yale University Press

In this readable and thought-provoking history of bisexuality in the classical age, Eva Cantarella draws on the full range of sources—from legal texts, inscriptions, and medical documents to poetry and philosophical literature—to reconstruct and compare the bisexual cultures of Athens and Rome.
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In this readable and thought-provoking history of bisexuality in the classical age, Eva Cantarella draws on the full range of sources—from legal texts, inscriptions, and medical documents to poetry and philosophical literature—to reconstruct and compare the bisexual cultures of Athens and Rome.
Reviews of the earlier edition:
“Cantarella presents the ancient evidence in a straightforward fashion, draws insightful comparisons between heterosexuality and homosexuality, and elucidates the larger cultural context of erotic experience. With its wide scope the book speaks to the classicist, the layman with an interest in antiquity, the student of sexuality, and even to the unabashed seeker of piquant anecdotes.”
—John F. Makowski, Classical Journal
“An important study that is destined to take its place next to the classic works of Foucault and Pomeroy.”—Alan Mendelson, History: Reviews of New Books
“Offers a valuable, close-in reassessment of intricate evidence, freshly researched, readable, and open-minded.”—Alan Sinfield, Gay Times
“This is a book I recommend for all students of sexology.”—Milton Diamond, Journal of Psychology & Human Sexuality
“Easily the best book on the topic.”—John Buckler, Historian

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300093025
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
03/28/2002
Series:
Yale Nota Bene Series
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
322
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.75(h) x 0.81(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Editionvii
Prefacexv
Part 1Greece
1The Beginnings, the Greek Dark Age and the Archaic Period3
The Problem of Origins and Pederasty as a Form of Initiation3
The Homeric Poems8
The Age of Lyric Poetry: Solon, Alcaeus, Anacreon, Theognis, Ibycus and Pindar12
2The Classical Age17
The Etiquette of Love. How to Conquer a Boy: The Social Rules of Courtship17
How to Love a Boy: Erotic Manifestations in the Pederastic Relationship22
The Laws on Pederasty. Two Stages, Two Cities: Athens and Beroea27
The Age for Loving and the Age for Being Loved36
Breaking the Rules on Age: Custom and Law42
Male Prostitution: The Oration of Aeschines Against Timarchus48
3Homosexuality and Heterosexuality Compared in Philosophy and Literature54
Socrates54
Plato58
Xenophone63
Aristotle65
Plutarch70
The Greek Anthology, Achilles Tatius and Pseudo-Lucian73
4Women and Homosexuality78
Love Between Women78
Women and Male Homosexuality88
Female Homosexuality Seen by Men91
Part 2Rome
5The Archaic Period and the Republic97
The Indigenous Features of Roman Homosexuality97
Legitimate Forms of Love: Subjecting One's Own Slave, Paying a Prostitute101
Prohibited Loves: Subjecting a Roman104
The Lex Scatinia106
The edict De adtemptata pudicitia115
6The Late Republic and the Principate120
The poets: Catullus, Tibullus, Propertius, Lucretius, Virgil, Horace, Ovid120
The Lex Iulia de adulteriis coercendis142
Tradition and Innovation: The Carmina Priapea, graffiti, satire145
7The Empire155
Practices155
The Sexual Behaviour of the Powerful: Excuse or Example?156
Women and Homosexuality164
The Law: Constantius and Constans, Theodosius I, the Theodosian Code and the Corpus Iuris Civilis173
8The Metamorphoses of Sexual Ethics in the Ancient World187
Metamorphoses Within Pagan Belief187
The Judaeo-Christian Tradition191
Conclusions211
Notes223
Abbreviations269
Select Bibliography273
Index277

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