Classical Culture and Modern Masculinity

Classical Culture and Modern Masculinity

by Daniel Orrells




Since the middle of the eighteenth century, the classical world has been seen as foundational and exemplary to Western civilization. However, the Greeks never invaded and colonised western and northern Europe the way the Romans did, and, conversely, Greece was a difficult place to reach for modern travellers well into the nineteenth century. Inevitably, therefore, the links with ancient Greece were a product of the imagination: an exemplary civilization, in its politics, arts, and culture. There was one problem, however: the Greeks, it seemed, enjoyed pederastic relations. And not only this: one of Athens' most famous teachers, Socrates, was attracted to boys. Daniel Orrells offers a fresh, original examination of how modern thinkers in Germany and Britain, who were so invested in a model of history that directly traced the European present back to an ancient Greek past, negotiated the tricky issue of ancient Greek pederasty.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199236442
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 09/26/2011
Series: Classical Presences Series
Pages: 312
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Daniel Orrells is Associate Professor in Classics and Ancient History at the University of Warwick.

Table of Contents

1. Paiderastia and the Contexts of German Historicism
2. Translating the Love of Philosophy: Jowett and Pater on Plato
3. The Bewildering Case of John Addington Symonds
4. Trying Greek Love: Oscar Wilde and E. M. Forster's Maurice
5. Freud and the History of Masculinity: Between Oedipus and Narcissus
Conclusion: The Truth of Eros and the Eros for Truth

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews