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    Before Sexuality: The Construction of Erotic Experience in the Ancient Greek World (Paperback) By (author) David M. Halperin, Edited by Froma I. Zeitlin, Edited by John J. Winkler, Edited by David M. Halperin

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    DescriptionA dream in which a man has sex with his mother may promise him political or commercial success - according to dream interpreters of late antiquity, who, unlike modern Western analysts, would not necessarily have drawn conclusions from the dream about the dreamer's sexual psychology. Evidence of such shifts in perspective is leading scholars to reconsider in a variety of creative ways the history of sexuality. In these fifteen original essays, eminent cultural historians and classicists not only discuss sex, but demonstrate how norms, practices, and even the very definitions of what counts as sexual activity have varied significantly over time. Ancient Greece offers abundant evidence for a radically different set of sexual standards and behaviors from ours. Sex in ancient Hellenic culture assumed a variety of social and political meanings, whereas the modern development of a sex-centered model of personality now leads us to view sex as the key to understanding the individual. Drawing on both the Anglo-American tradition of cultural anthropology and the French tradition of les sciences humaines, these essays explore the iconography, politics, ethics, poetry, and medical practices that made sex in ancient Greece not a paradise of liberation but an exotic locale hardly recognizable to visitors from the modern world. In addition to the editors, the contributors to this volume are Peter Brown, Anne Carson, Franoise Frontisi-Ducroux, Maud W. Gleason, Ann Ellis Hanson, Franois Lissarrague, Nicole Loraux, Maurice Olender, S.R.F. Price, James Redfield, Giulia Sissa, and Jean-Pierre Vernant.

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    Before Sexuality
    The Construction of Erotic Experience in the Ancient Greek World
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) David M. Halperin, Edited by Froma I. Zeitlin, Edited by John J. Winkler, Edited by David M. Halperin
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 548
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 31 mm
    Weight: 796 g
    ISBN 13: 9780691002217
    ISBN 10: 0691002215

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: HBTB
    BIC E4L: HIS
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    B&T General Subject: 431
    BISAC V2.8: PSY016000
    B&T Merchandise Category: POD
    DC21: 306.70938
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000, HIS002010
    DC22: 306.70938, 306.7/0938
    LC classification: 89010548
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    Illustrations note
    1, black & white illustrations
    Princeton University Press
    Imprint name
    Princeton University Press
    Publication date
    01 September 1991
    Publication City/Country
    New Jersey
    Review quote
    "[The contributors] have either renewed the study of traditional topics and sources ... or brought neglected and marginalized topics centrally into the play of cultural history by means of their hermeneutic approach and omnivorous perspective."--The Times Literary Supplement