Were acts of sex which we would call rape and regard as a criminal offence similarly regarded in classical Athens? That is the main question posed in this book, the first in-depth study of the topic ever to be undertaken. It considers the legal terminology for rape and discusses exactly what these different terms describe. It also examines literary stories where rape and/or seduction feature as plot devices and looks at different characters' responses to them. The book's presentation makes it accessible to a wider readership of non-classicists.
About the Author
Rosanna Omitowoju held a Research Fellowship at King's College, Cambridge after completing her doctoral thesis. She is now a Fellow of King's College and holds a teaching position within the Faculty of Classics.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements; List of abbreviations; Introduction; Part I. Regulating rape with words: rhetoric and respectability in the Athenian courts; Introduction: Athenian law in context; 1. Hubris: rape and shame; 2. Bia: rape and violence; 3. Moicheia: rape and adultery; 4. Women and status; Part II. Menander: propriety and transgression; Introduction: Menander in context; 5. Rape and recognition in Menander; 6. Rape and maintaining the status quo: citizenship, marriage, money and eros; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.
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