Sexuality in Greek and Roman Culture

Sexuality in Greek and Roman Culture

Paperback Ancient Cultures

By (author) Marilyn B. Skinner

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  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell (an imprint of John Wiley & Sons Ltd)
  • Format: Paperback | 464 pages
  • Dimensions: 190mm x 246mm x 22mm | 740g
  • Publication date: 19 August 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Chicester
  • ISBN 10: 1444349864
  • ISBN 13: 9781444349863
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Sales rank: 499,703

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This agenda-setting text has been fully revised in its second edition, with coverage extended into the Christian era. It remains the most comprehensive and engaging introduction to the sexual cultures of ancient Greece and Rome. Covers a wide range of subjects, including Greek pederasty and the symposium, ancient prostitution, representations of women in Greece and Rome, and the public regulation of sexual behavior Expanded coverage extends to the advent of Christianity, includes added illustrations, and offers student-friendly pedagogical features Text boxes supply intriguing information about tangential topics Gives a thorough overview of current literature while encouraging further reading and discussion Conveys the complexity of ancient attitudes towards sexuality and gender and the modern debates they have engendered

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Marilyn B. Skinner is Professor of Classics Emerita at the University of Arizona. Her research has focused on notions of gender and sexuality in the ancient world. She is the author of Clodia Metelli: The Tribune's Sister (2011), and co-editor of Narrating Desire: Eros, Sex, and Gender in the Ancient Novel (with M. P. F. Pinheiro and F. I. Zeitlin, 2012), and The New Sappho on Old Age: Textual and Philosophical Issues (with E. Greene, 2009).

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"Skinner's revised and expanded second edition increases the chief pleasure of her first--to see a true scholar at work, formidably informed. Her scope of erudition embraces all manner of ancient testimony, from Greek romances to gravestones.""Micaela Janan, Duke University"" ""Thoroughly revised and with new sections and illustrations in each chapter, this book remains a landmark study of a complex yet fascinating subject. Written by a global authority in the field, it delivers rigorous, up-to-date scholarship in a style appealing to the non-specialist reader.""Konstantinos P. Nikoloutsos, Saint Joseph's University " "A breathtaking synthesis of cutting edge research, this superb second edition of Skinner's magisterial overview of ancient sexuality combines sophistication with accessibility and remains an indispensable resource for students, teachers, and scholars.""Yurie Hong, Gustavus Adolphus College" This second edition of the authoritative guide to gender and sexuality in ancient Greece and Rome has been fully revised, augmented, and enhanced for greater student utility. New features include a separate glossary, focused discussion prompts, and suggestions for further reading at the end of each chapter. The text remains the leading survey of a hugely diverse field that encompasses everything from outrageous bawdry to idealized pederasty. Engaging, accessible, and laced with humor, the narrative begins with the Homeric era and now extends to the advent of Christianity as it eclipsed paganism across Europe and recalibrated attitudes to sexuality and gender.Drawing on literary, artistic, and archaeological evidence, as well as on scholarly sources, the new edition introduces a number of additional topics, including fuller theoretical analysis of key concepts such as sex, gender, and sexuality; cultural and religious exchanges between Greeks and Egyptians; the mystique of Alexander the Great; and an entire chapter on the living conditions of non-elite Romans. The text combines fine cultural detail with a breadth of perspective, prompting readers to contrast ancient norms of sexual behavior with those of today, and contextualizes the longstanding academic disputes over ancient sexuality. Strikingly relevant to our own understanding of the interplay between social institutions and personal sexual conduct, this new edition, like its forerunner, will be greatly valued by general and academic readers alike.

Table of contents

List of Illustrations and Maps xii Preface to the First Edition xiv Preface to the Second Edition xvii Acknowledgments xxi Abbreviations xxiii Chronological Charts xxxv Maps Introduction: Why Ancient Sexuality? Issues and Approaches 1 Thinking about Sexuality 4 Sex Changes 6 Checking the Right Box 11 The Language and Ethos of Boy-love 17 Foul Mouths 27 Conclusion 32 Discussion Prompts 34 Further Reading 35 1 The Homeric Age: Epic Sexuality 37 The Golden Goddess 39 Dynamics of Desire 46 The Baneful Race of Women 49 Love under Siege 53 The Beguilement of Zeus 57 Alternatives to Penelope 60 Achilles in the Closet? 68 Conclusion 70 Discussion Prompts 74 Further Reading 74 2 The Archaic Age: Symposium and Initiation 76 When the Cups Are Placed 78 Fields of Erotic Dreams 82 Singing as a Man ... 99 ... and Singing as a Woman 95 Boys into Men 62 Girls into Women 113 Conclusion 122 Discussion Prompts 126 Further Reading 127 3 Late Archaic Athens: More than Meets the Eye 128 Out of Etruria 130 Lines of Sight 134 Flirtation at the Gym 136 Party Girls 143 In the Boudoir 153 Bride of Quietness 157 Conclusion 159 Discussion Prompts 161 Further Reading 162 4 Classical Athens: The Politics of Sex 166 More Equal than Others 169 Pederasty and Class 175 Interview with the Kinaidos 187 In the Grandest Families 198 Criminal Proceedings 206 His and Hers [or His] 209 Conclusion 218 Discussion Prompts 221 Further Reading 222 5 The Early Hellenistic Period: Turning Inwards 224 Court Intrigues 230 Medicine and the Sexes 235 From Croton to Crete 241 Safe Sex 247 Athenian Idol 255 Conclusion 263 Discussion Prompts 268 Further Reading 269 6 The Later Hellenistic Period: The Feminine Mystique 271 Disrobing Aphrodite 272 Hellenes in Egypt 277 Love among the Pyramids 283 To Colchis and Back 293 Desiring Women -- and their Detractors 296 Conclusion 303 Discussion Prompts 308 Further Reading 309 7 Early Rome: A Tale of Three Cultures 311 The Pecking Order 314 Imported Vices 318 Bringing Women under Control 322 Butchery for Fun 333 Conclusion 338 Discussion Prompts 341 Further Reading 342 8 Republican and Augustan Rome: The Soft Embrace of Venus 344 Only Joking 347 Young Men (?) in Love 353 Mother of All Empires 362 Domestic Visibility 376 Going Too Far 378 Conclusion 382 Discussion Prompts 387 Further Reading 388 9 Elites in the Empire: Self and Others 390 Risky Business 394 Boys Named Sue 400 Them 403 Roads to Romance 410 'Greek Love' under Rome 415 Roads to Nowhere 420 Conclusion 429 Discussion Prompts 433 Further Reading 434 10 The Imperial Populace: Toward Salvation? 436 The 99% 441 Gravestones and Walls 445 In the Eye of the Beholder 453 "O Isis und Osiris..." 460 Christian Continence 471 Things Fall Apart 475 Conclusion 480 Discussion Prompts 485 Further Reading 486 Afterword: The Use of Antiquity 488 Glossary of Terms 527 Index