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Law, Sexuality, and Society: The Enforcement of Morals in Classical Athens / Edition 1
     

Law, Sexuality, and Society: The Enforcement of Morals in Classical Athens / Edition 1

by David Cohen
 

ISBN-10: 0521466423

ISBN-13: 9780521466424

Pub. Date: 04/28/1994

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Centering on the examination of the social and legal context of adultery, homosexuality, impiety, and the public-private dichotomy in Athenian society, this book attempts to examine the problems of social control and the regulation of sexuality in a way that will be of interest to a broad readership. It uses a comparative approach to show how the examination of

Overview

Centering on the examination of the social and legal context of adultery, homosexuality, impiety, and the public-private dichotomy in Athenian society, this book attempts to examine the problems of social control and the regulation of sexuality in a way that will be of interest to a broad readership. It uses a comparative approach to show how the examination of such issues can deepen our understanding of classical Athens, particularly in regard to the role of law in society. Further, it argues that this historical investigation can, in turn, enrich our general appreciation of the relation of social and legal norms, and the roles they play in regulating complex social practices such as those associated with sexuality, morals, and the family. This illuminating book develops a view of classical Athenian society that emphasizes the study of social control as the dynamic interplay of legal and social norms within the context of ideology and practice.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521466424
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
04/28/1994
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. Models and methods I; 3. Models and methods II; 4. Public and private in classical Athens; 5. The law of adultery; 6. Adultery, women, and social control; 7. Law, social control, and homosexuality in classical Athens; 8. The prosecution of impiety in Athenian law; 9. The enforcement of morals.

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