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0674022335
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9780674022331
Pub. Date:
10/31/2006
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Homosexuality and Civilization / Edition 1

Homosexuality and Civilization / Edition 1

by Louis Crompton

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ISBN-13: 9780674022331
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 10/31/2006
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 648
Sales rank: 664,837
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.31(d)

About the Author

Louis Crompton was Professor of English, Emeritus, at the University of Nebraska.

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • 1. Early Greece: 776–480 BCE

    • A Millennium of Greek Love
    • Homer’s Iliad
    • Crete, Sparta, Chalcis
    • Athletics and the Cult of Beauty
    • Sappho
    • Alcaeus, Ibycus, Anacreon
    • Theognis of Megara
    • Athens’ Rulers
    • The Tyrannicides


  • 2. Judea: 900 BCE–600 CE

    • The Judgment of Leviticus
    • The Threat to Population
    • Sodom’s Gold
    • Who Were the Kedeshim?
    • Philo of Alexandria
    • The Talmud


  • 3. Classical Greece: 480–323 BCE

    • Pindar’s Odes
    • Greek Tragedy
    • Phidias
    • The Comedies of Aristophanes
    • Plato’s Symposium
    • The Phaedrus and the Laws
    • Xenophon
    • Aristotle’s Dicta
    • Zeno and the Stoics
    • Aeschines’ Against Timarchus
    • The Sacred Band of Thebes
    • Philip and Alexander


  • 4. Rome and Greece: 323 BCE–138 CE

    • Sexuality and Empire
    • Cicero and Roman Politics
    • Greek Love in the Aeneid
    • Meleager and Callimachus
    • Catullus and Tibullus
    • Theocritus and “Corydon”
    • Horace
    • Ovid’s Myths
    • Lesbianism
    • Petronius’ Satyricon
    • Suetonius and the Emperors
    • Statius, Martial, Juvenal
    • Hadrian and Antinous


  • 5. Christians and Pagans: 1–565 CE

    • The Gospels
    • Intertestamental Judaism and Paul
    • “Moses” and the Early Church
    • Greek Love in Late Antiquity
    • Plutarch’s Dialogue on Love
    • The Lucianic “Affairs of the Heart”
    • Two Romances and an Epic
    • Roman Law before Constantine
    • The Edicts of 342 and 390
    • Sodom Transformed
    • Saint John Chrysostom
    • The Persecutions of Justinian


  • 6. Darkness Descends: 476–1049

    • The Fall of Rome
    • Visigothic Spain
    • Church Councils and Penitentials
    • The Carolingian Panic
    • Love in Arab Spain
    • The Growth of Canon Law
    • The Book of Gomorrah


  • 7. The Medieval World: 1050–1321

    • The Fortunes of Ganymede
    • Scandal in High Places
    • The Theological Assault
    • The Inquisition and Its Allies
    • The Fate of the Templars
    • Secular Laws: The Sowing
    • The Harvest Begins
    • Poets for the Prosecution
    • Dante’s Admirable Sinners


  • 8. Imperial China: 500 BCE–1849

    • A Peach, a Fish, and a Sleeve
    • The Han Emperors
    • Taoism, Confucianism, Buddhism
    • Poets and Lovers
    • From Tang to Song
    • Ming China: The West Reacts
    • Feng Menglong’s Anatomy of Love
    • Fiction and Drama
    • The Qing Dynasty
    • The Peking Stage


  • 9. Italy in the Renaissance: 1321–1609

    • A New Ethos and an Old
    • Repression in the Italian City States
    • Death in Venice
    • Florence: The Price of Love
    • Donatello, Botticelli, Leonardo
    • Michelangelo: Love, Art, and Guilt
    • Sodoma and Cellini
    • Rome and Caravaggio


  • 10. Spain and the Inquisition: 1497–1700

    • The Spanish Inquisition
    • Subcultures in Valencia and Madrid
    • The Inquisition in Portugal
    • Spain and the New World


  • 11. France from Calvin to Louis XIV: 1517–1715

    • Outings, Protestant and Catholic
    • Calvinism and Repression
    • Henry III and the “Mignons”
    • The Poets’ Revolt
    • Louis XIII, “The Just”
    • Monsieur and Madame
    • Six Generals
    • Les Lesbiennes
    • Queen Christina


  • 12. England from the Reformation to William III: 1533–1702

    • Silence and Denial
    • Monasteries and the Law
    • Elizabethan Literature
    • Christopher Marlowe
    • The Tragedy of Edward II
    • Shakespeare’s Sonnets
    • James VI and I
    • Francis Bacon
    • Puritanism and the Restoration
    • Between Women
    • William III in England


  • 13. Pre-Meiji Japan: 800–1868

    • Europe Discovers Japan
    • The Buddhist Priesthood
    • Samurai and Shoguns
    • No Drama and Kabuki
    • A Debate and an Anthology
    • Saikaku’s Great Mirror
    • Tokugawa Finale


  • 14. Patterns of Persecution: 1700–1730

    • Policing Paris
    • “Reforming” Britain
    • Souls in Exile
    • Witch Hunt in the Netherlands


  • 15. Sapphic Lovers: 1700–1793

    • Law and Religion
    • Romance and Innuendo
    • A Nun and an Actress
    • An Ill-Fated Queen


  • 16. The Enlightenment: 1730–1810

    • Montesquieu and Beccaria
    • Frederick the Great
    • The Vagaries of Voltaire
    • Diderot and Sade
    • Toward Reform
    • Bentham vs. Blackstone


  • Conclusion
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Acknowledgments
  • Illustration Credits
  • Index

What People are Saying About This

A treasure trove of compelling information. This marvelous book, covering not simply the Western tradition but China and Japan as well, is sure to become fundamental reading in gay and lesbian studies. Crompton dazzles the reader with his exhaustive research and incisive analyses. Not since the work of the late John Boswell has a scholar brought such a brilliant light to bear on earlier evidence of same-sex affections.

Karla Jay

A treasure trove of compelling information. This marvelous book, covering not simply the Western tradition but China and Japan as well, is sure to become fundamental reading in gay and lesbian studies. Crompton dazzles the reader with his exhaustive research and incisive analyses. Not since the work of the late John Boswell has a scholar brought such a brilliant light to bear on earlier evidence of same-sex affections.
Karla Jay, author of Tales of the Lavender Menace

David Greenberg

An encyclopedic survey of homosexuality in Western and non-Western civilizations. Crompton's writing is lively, vivid and refreshing--a pleasure to read. Anyone interested in looking at homosexuality from a comparative and historical point of view will want to own this book.
David Greenberg, author of The Construction of Homosexuality

William A. Percy

A minor masterpiece. Each chapter is a small work of art in itself. Crompton's discussion of Sapphic love is the best general treatment of lesbian suffering that I have seen. Though passionate, Homosexuality and Civilization is articulate, balanced, and theoretically sound--accessible to beginners and informative for specialists as well.
William A. Percy, coeditor of Encyclopedia of Homosexuality

Richard Labonte

A master work of interpretive scholarship. Before this exhaustive and exhilarating study, a long shelf of books considered the intersection of homosexuality and civilization. Now there is one that does it all. Crompton's lifetime of academic gay activism powers this erudite, entertaining distillation of same-sex politics, practices, and passions across centuries and through cultures. He was born to write this book; generations yet unborn will draw knowledge and strength from it.
Richard Labonte, Q Syndicate columnist and former general manager, A Different Light bookstores

David Rosen

A one-of-a-kind, page-turning tour through gay history--one of the richest reading experiences in recent memory. This magnificent book educates us, startles us, and, by turns, reassures us as it traces the widespread cultural wellsprings of the changing forces of homosexuality. Crompton has crafted an utterly thrilling tour de force that succeeds in reinventing what we know about gay life across cultures and ages. This impressively detailed, eminently illuminating, and thoroughly enjoyable book should be on every gay person's--and every thinking person's--must-read list.
David Rosen, Editor-in-Chief, InsightOutBooks

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