Courtesans at Table: Gender and Greek Literary Culture in Athenaeus

Courtesans at Table: Gender and Greek Literary Culture in Athenaeus


By (author) Laura K. McClure

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  • Publisher: Routledge Member of the Taylor and Francis Group
  • Format: Paperback | 254 pages
  • Dimensions: 153mm x 229mm x 17mm | 417g
  • Publication date: 18 September 2003
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 041593947X
  • ISBN 13: 9780415939478

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First published in 2003. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

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Laura K. McClure is Associate Professor of Classics and Chair of the Integrated Liberal Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She has edited two essay collections on women and sexuality in ancient Greece, and has written a book on speech and gender in Greek drama.

Table of contents

TABLE OF CONTENTS INTRODUCTION The Courtesan as Fetish / Ancient Greek Terms for Prostitutes Distinguishing the Hetaera from the Porne The Pallake The Auletris and Other Female Entertainers The Eromene Conclusion CHAPTER ONE Genres of Courtesans: Athenaeus and Nostalgia Athenaeus and the Literary Symposium Genres of Courtesans: Athenaeus and the Literary Quotation Book 13 and the Discourse on Hetaeras Cynulcus' Invective against Hetaeras Myrtilus' Encomium of Hetaeras Conclusion CHAPTER TWO The Women Most Mentioned: The Names of Athenian Courtesans The Problem of Names The Names of Athenian Women / Attic Identity, Foreign Birth The Names of Hetaeras The Names of Slaves The Use of the Metronymic Conclusion CHAPTER THREE Parody and Subversion: The Witticisms of Courtesans Flattery, Riddles, and Double Entendres Hetaeras as Poets and Poets as Hetaeras Sympotic Mocker The Laughter of Hetaeras The Chreia as a Literary Genre Tragic Humor, Comic Obscenity Philosophers and Courtesans / Conclusion CHAPTER FOUR