Pornography And Representation in Greece And Rome

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1992-05-14
  • Publisher: Oxford Univ Pr
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Can the pornographic be said to have existed in Greece and Rome? This new group of essays points to some striking similarities between our culture and those of the ancient world, challenging Foucauldian assumptions about the nature of sexuality. Covering such topics as vase painting, tragic and comic drama from fifth-century Athens, Hellenistic philosophy and sex manuals, Roman history, poetry, wall-painting, representations of gladiatorial combat, and romance novels, the contributors approach sexuality from both sides of the feminist pornography debate, including the use of film theory. A path-breaking application of feminist theory to the study of Greek and Roman cultures, this book offers new insight into the notion of sexuality in the ancient world.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. xi
Time Line of Events, Sources, and Persons Discussedp. xxiv
Pornography and Persuasion on Attic Potteryp. 3
Notesp. 34
Tragedy and the Politics of Containmentp. 36
Notesp. 51
Eros in Love: Pederasty and Pornography in Greecep. 53
Notesp. 72
The Mute Nude Female Characters in Aristophanes' Playsp. 73
Notesp. 88
Appendix Texts Relating to the Writers of Sexual Handbooksp. 108
Notesp. 109
The Body Female and the Body Politic: Livy's Lucretia and Verginiap. 112
Notesp. 129
The Domestication of Desire: Ovid's Parva Tabella and the Theater of Lovep. 131
Notesp. 155
Notesp. 158
Notesp. 178
Notesp. 179
Death as Decoration: Scenes from the Arena on Roman Domestic Mosaicsp. 180
Notesp. 208
Callirhoe: Displaying the Phallic Womanp. 212
Sweet and Pleasant Passion: Female and Male Fantasy in Ancient Romance Novelsp. 231
Notesp. 249
The Edible Woman: Athenaeus's Concept of the Pornographicp. 250
Conclusionp. 266
Notesp. 269
Notesp. 269
Notesp. 283
Bibliographyp. 285
Contributorsp. 313
Indexp. 315
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