Sex : Vice and Love from Antiquity to Modernity


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Sex: Vice and Love from Antiquity to Modernity examines theimpact that sexual fantasies about the classical world have had onmodern Western culture. * Offers a wealth of information on sex in the Greek andRoman world * Correlates the study of classical sexuality with modern Westerncultures * Identifies key influential themes in the evolution of eroticdiscourse from antiquity to modernity * Presents a serious and thought-provoking topic with greataccessibility

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  • Hardback | 236 pages
  • 177.8 x 243.84 x 25.4mm | 635.03g
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
  • Wiley-Blackwell (an imprint of John Wiley & Sons Ltd)
  • Chicester, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1405122919
  • 9781405122917
  • 1,160,337

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The book is helpfully provocative and certainly helps toexplain the enduring appeal of Grecece and Rome in contemporary(erotic) culture. (INTAMS review - Journal for theStudy of Marriage & Spirituality, 18 January 2012)"Recommended. Graduate students/faculty." (Choice, 1 March 2011) "This book is enjoyable and informative ... it would be ofespecial interest to students of reception studies and the historyof sexuality, but there is also much material that is useful to theclassical scholar". (Bmcreview, 26 April 2011) "It is because of the personal narratives - as well as thesophistication, wit and learning of the whole enterprise - thatthis book is highly recommended reading." (Times Higher Education,30 October 2010)

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With startling clarity, the classical world is invoked both as the home of sexual freedom and a haven for wanton acts of sexual perversity. "Sex: Vice and Love from Antiquity to Modernity" examines the profound impact that sexual fantasies about the classical world have had on modern Western culture, and looks at the ways in which various cultures have used classical erotica to locate and articulate their own erotic discourse. In this provocative new study, Alastair Blanshard offers rich insights how our perceptions of vice and love in antiquity continue to shape the roles of sex and sexuality in modern culture.

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About Alastair J. L. Blanshard

Alastair J. L. Blanshard is a senior lecturer in Classics & Ancient History at the University of Sydney. He is the author of Hercules: A Heroic Life (2005).

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