A Companion to Greek and Roman Sexualities

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2014-01-28
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
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A Companion to Greek and Roman Sexualities presents a comprehensive collection of original essays relating to aspects of gender and sexuality in the classical world.

  • Views the various practices and discursive contexts of sexuality systematically and holistically
  • Discusses Greece and Rome in each chapter, with sensitivity to the continuities and differences between the two classical civilizations
  • Addresses the classical influence on the understanding of later ages and religion
  • Covers artistic and literary genres, various social environments of sexual conduct, and the technical disciplines of medicine, magic, physiognomy, and dream interpretation
  • Features contributions from more than 40 top international scholars

Author Biography

Thomas K. Hubbard is Professor of Classics and holder of the Mary Helen Thompson Centennial Professorship in the Humanities at the University of Texas, Austin. He is the editor of Greek Love Reconsidered (2000) and Homosexuality in Greece and Rome: A Sourcebook of Basic Documents (2003), and the author of numerous articles on ancient sexuality.

Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Notes on Contributors xi

Abbreviations xvii

Note on Ancient Greek Words, Names, and Titles xxvii

1 Feminist Theory 1
Marilyn B. Skinner

2 Studies of Ancient Masculinity 17
Mark Masterson

3 Desirability and the Body 31
Mark D. Stansbury-O’Donnell

4 Foucault’s History of Sexuality and the Discipline of Classics 54
Kirk Ormand

5 Greek and Roman Marriage 69
Allison Glazebrook and Kelly Olson

6 Prostitution: Controversies and New Approaches 83
Thomas A. J. McGinn

7 Ancient Pederasty: An Introduction 102
Andrew Lear

8 Peer Homosexuality 128
Thomas K. Hubbard

9 Female Homoeroticism 150
Sandra Boehringer

10 From Ascesis to Sexual Renunciation 164
Thomas K. Hubbard and Maria Doerfler

11 Sexual Abuse and Sexual Rights: Slaves’ Erotic Experience at Athens and Rome 184
Edward E. Cohen

12 Sumposion 199
Sean Corner

13 Sexuality in Greek and Roman Religion 214
Jennifer Larson

14 Sexuality in Greek and Roman Military Contexts 230
David D. Leitao

15 Athletics and Sexuality 244
Nick Fisher

16 Phusis and Sensuality: Knowing the Body in Greek Erotic Culture 265
Giulia Sissa

17 Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered: Erotic Magic in the Greco-Roman World 282
Radcliffe G. Edmonds III

18 Dream Interpretation, Physiognomy, Body Divination 297
Christophe Chandezon, Veronique Dasen, and Jerome Wilgaux

19 Sex in Ancient Greek and Roman Epic 314
Ingrid E. Holmberg

20 Erotic Lyric 335
Richard Rawles and Bartolo Natoli

21 Sexuality in the Extant Greek and Roman Tragedies 352
Hanna M. Roisman

22 The Body Politic: Sexuality in Greek and Roman Comedy and Mime 366
Monica Florence

23 Greco-Roman Satirical Poetry 381
Ralph M. Rosen and Catherine C. Keane

24 Greek and Roman Ethnosexuality 398
Joseph Roisman

25 Platonic and Roman Influence on Stoic and Epicurean Sexual Ethics 417
James Jope

26 Sexual Rhetoric: From Athens to Rome 431
Allison Glazebrook

27 Biography 446
Caroline Vout

28 Epistolography 463
Owen Hodkinson

29 Paths of Love: Age and Gender Dynamics in the Erotic Novel 479
T. Wade Richardson

30 Sexual Themes in Greek and Latin Graffiti 493
Craig Williams

31 Sexuality and Visual Representation 509
John R. Clarke

32 Sexuality in Jewish Writings from 200 BCE to 200 CE 534
Mary R. D’Angelo

33 Early Christian Sexuality 549
Kathy L. Gaca

34 The Early Modern Erotic Imagination 565
Alastair J. L. Blanshard

35 Romantic Appropriations 583
Michael Matthew Kaylor

36 The Early Homophile Movement in Germany 599
Hans Peter Obermayer

37 Ancient Sexuality on Screen 613
Monica S. Cyrino

Index of Ancient Works Cited 629

General Index 647

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