Bisexuality in the Ancient World

Bisexuality in the Ancient World

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By (author) Eva Cantarella, Translated by Cormac O Cuilleanain

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  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 296 pages
  • Dimensions: 122mm x 191mm x 18mm | 268g
  • Publication date: 3 May 2002
  • Publication City/Country: New Haven
  • ISBN 10: 0300093020
  • ISBN 13: 9780300093025
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Sales rank: 439,200

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A history of bisexuality in the classical age. Eva Cantarella draws on a full range of sources - from legal texts, inscriptions and medical documents to poetry and philosophical literature - to reconstruct and compare the bisexual cultures of Athens and Rome. This second edition includes a preface which considers work published since the text first appeared.

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Eva Cantarella is professor in the Institute of Roman Law at the University of Milan.

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"Cantarella presents the ancient evidence in a straightforward fashion, draws insightful comparisons between heterosexuality and homosexuality, and elucidates the larger cultural context of erotic experience. With its wide scope the book speaks to the classicist, the layman with an interest in antiquity, the student of sexuality, and even to the unabashed seeker of piquant anecdotes." John F. Makowski, Classical Journal "An important study that is destined to take its place next to the classic works of Foucault and Pomeroy." Alan Mendelson, History: Reviews of New Books "Offers a valuable, close-in reassessment of intricate evidence, freshly researched, readable, and open-minded." Alan Sinfield, Gay Times "This is a book I recommend for all students of sexology. The book is a treasure trove of both major areas of information that sexologists would do well to master and trivia that they might enjoy knowing." Milton Diamond, Journal of Psychology & Human Sexuality "Easily the best book on the topic." John Buckler, Historian "A valuable contribution to scholarship about sexual orientation." Richard C. Friedman, Psychoanalytic Quarterly "A sexological tour de force... Among students and professionals with even a minimum of sexological curiosity, it will strike a new spark of enlightenment." John Money, Ph.D., Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease "Cantarella's work, based on classical sources, points up the multiplicity of possible social and cultural solutions to the underlying problem of bisexual trends in men... It shows us that every society struggles to formulate ways in which to order the complexity of human sexuality and thus places our current American efforts within a far larger perspective of human history." Jessica P. Byrne, M.D., Psychoanalytic Books: A Quarterly Journal of Reviews "Eva Cantarella's cultural history of bisexuality in the ancient world... is an intriguing and accessible study that draws upon a wide range of primary texts and sources... A fascinating account of the multi-layered nature of bisexuality in ancient times." Paul Johnson, Pink Paper "Ambitious, learned, and thought-provoking... The author displays an impressive command of a wide range of primary and secondary sources, and writes with blessed clarity." Charles C. Chiasson, Southern Humanities Review