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The Garden of Priapus : Sexuality and Aggression in Roman Humor

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Statues of the god Priapus stood in Roman gardens to warn potential thieves that the god would rape them if they attempted to steal from him. Amy Richlin argues that the attitude of sexual aggressiveness in defence of a bounded area serves as a model for Roman satire from Lucilius to Juvenal. Using literary, anthropological, psychological, and feminist methodologies, she suggests that aggressive sexual humour reinforces aggressive behaviour on both the individual and societal level, and that Roman satire provides an insight into Roman culture.show more

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  • Paperback | 348 pages
  • 149.86 x 220.98 x 25.4mm | 521.63g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • Revised edition
  • 0195068734
  • 9780195068733
  • 1,444,884

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Statues of the god Priapus stood in Roman gardens to warn potential thieves that the god would rape them if they attempted to steal from him. In this book, Richlin argues that the attitude of sexual aggressiveness in defense of a bounded area serves as a model for Roman satire from Lucilius to Juvenal. Using literary, anthropological, psychological, and feminist methodologies, she suggests that aggressive sexual humor reinforces aggressive behavior on both the individual and societal levels, and that Roman satire provides an insight into Roman culture. Including a substantial and provocative new introduction, this revised edition is important not only as an in-depth study of Roman sexual satire, but also as a commentary on the effects of all humor on society and its victims.show more

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'the author is justified in her claim that the material collected here on quite a lavish scale bears on more than simply on literature' P. Walcot, Greece and Rome, October 1993show more

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