Female Homosexuality in Ancient Greece and Rome

Female Homosexuality in Ancient Greece and Rome

The book will be of value to students and scholars of ancient sexuality and gender, and to anyone interested in histories and theories of sexuality"--

Author: Sandra Boehringer

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1003158080

Category: History

Page: 380

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"This groundbreaking study, among the earliest syntheses on female homosexuality throughout antiquity, explores the topic with careful reference to ancient concepts and views, drawing fully on the existing visual and written record including literary, philosophical, and scientific documents. Even today, ancient female homosexuals are still too often seen in terms of a mythical, ethereal Sapphic love, or stereotyped as "Amazons" or courtesans. Boehringer's scholarly book replaces these clichâes with rigorous, precise analysis of iconography and texts by Sappho, Plato, Ovid, Juvenal, and many other lyric poets, satirists, and medical writers, in search of the prevailing norms, constraints, and possibilities for erotic desire. The portrait emerges of an ancient society to which today's sexual categories do not apply - a society "before sexuality" - where female homosexuality looks very different, but is nonetheless very real. Now available in English for the first time, Female Homosexuality in Ancient Greece and Rome includes a preface by David Halperin. The book will be of value to students and scholars of ancient sexuality and gender, and to anyone interested in histories and theories of sexuality"--
Categories: History

Female Homosexuality in Ancient Greece and Rome

Female Homosexuality in Ancient Greece and Rome

ANCIENT. GREECE. AND. ROME. This groundbreaking study, among the earliest syntheses on female homosexuality throughout Antiquity, explores the topic with careful reference to ancient concepts and views, drawing fully on the existing ...

Author: Sandra Boehringer

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000396164

Category: History

Page: 424

View: 922

This groundbreaking study, among the earliest syntheses on female homosexuality throughout Antiquity, explores the topic with careful reference to ancient concepts and views, drawing fully on the existing visual and written record including literary, philosophical, and scientific documents. Even today, ancient female homosexuals are still too often seen in terms of a mythical, ethereal Sapphic love, or stereotyped as "Amazons" or courtesans. Boehringer's scholarly book replaces these clichés with rigorous, precise analysis of iconography and texts by Sappho, Plato, Ovid, Juvenal, and many other lyric poets, satirists, and astrological writers, in search of the prevailing norms, constraints, and possibilities for erotic desire. The portrait emerges of an ancient society to which today's sexual categories do not apply—a society "before sexuality"—where female homosexuality looks very different, but is nonetheless very real. Now available in English for the first time, Female Homosexuality in Ancient Greece and Rome includes a preface by David Halperin. This book will be of value to students and scholars of ancient sexuality and gender, and to anyone interested in histories and theories of sexuality.
Categories: History

Homosexuality in Greece and Rome

Homosexuality in Greece and Rome

Covering an extensive period, the volume includes writings by Plato, Sappho Aeschines, Catullus and Juvenal.

Author: Thomas K. Hubbard

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520234307

Category: Social Science

Page: 558

View: 203

Important primary texts on homosexuality in ancient Greece and Rome are translated into modern, explicit English and collected together in this comprehensive sourcebook. Covering an extensive period, the volume includes writings by Plato, Sappho Aeschines, Catullus and Juvenal.
Categories: Social Science

Same Sex Desire and Love in Greco Roman Antiquity and in the Classical Tradition of the West

Same Sex Desire and Love in Greco Roman Antiquity and in the Classical Tradition of the West

This book provides nuanced, humanistic discussions on the common phenomena of same-sex desire.

Author: Beerte C. Verstraete

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317953371

Category: Social Science

Page: 506

View: 735

New and surprising insights into homoeroticism of times past In ancient times, the Greek god Eros personified both heterosexual and homosexual attractions. Same-Sex Desire and Love in Greco-Roman Antiquity and in Classical Tradition of the West explores the homosexual side of the vanished civilizations of Greece and Rome, and the resulting influence on the Classical tradition of the West. Respected scholars clearly present evidence that shows the extensive nature of homoeroticism and homosexuality in the Classical world. Iconography such as vase decoration and carved gemstones is presented in photographs, and the text includes an examination of a wide selection of literature of the times with an eye to opening new vistas for future study. Same-Sex Desire and Love in Greco-Roman Antiquity and in Classical Tradition of the West lays to rest the myths generally accepted as truth about Greco-Roman views on homosexuality and brings fresh insights to philological and historical scholarship. This book provides nuanced, humanistic discussions on the common phenomena of same-sex desire. Topics include Greek pederasty and its origins, the Greek female homoeroticism of Sappho, homosexuality in Greek and Roman art and literature, and the emergence of the gay liberation movement with the influence of discussions of Greek and Roman homosexuality in the twentieth century. The text is extensively referenced and includes helpful notation. Same-Sex Desire and Love in Greco-Roman Antiquity and in Classical Tradition of the West provides a comprehensive table of abbreviations, subject index, and index of names and terms. It discusses in detail: the integral role athletic nudity played in athlete-trainer pederasty the central role of pederasty in Greek history, politics, art, literature, and learning tracing the history of the Ganymede myth how the athletic culture of Sparta contributed to the spread of pederasty in Greece homosexuality in Boeotia in contrast to the rest of Greece the homoeroticism of Sappho dispelling generally accepted myths prevalent about Roman sexuality Roman visual representations of homosexuality as evidence of prevailing attitudes homoerotic connotations in literature and philosophy of the Italian Renaissance the effect of German classical philology on gay scholarship English Romantic poets and the importance of male love in their lives the Uranians’ use of allusions and themes from ancient Greece the building of intellectual community through gay print culture—through the use of Greece and Rome as models and more Same-Sex Desire and Love in Greco-Roman Antiquity and in Classical Tradition of the West is essential reading for Classicists, specialists in gender/sexuality studies, humanists interested in the classical tradition in Western culture, psychologists, and other social scientists in human sexuality.
Categories: Social Science

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and Rome

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and Rome

Lesbianism. Evidence for sexual relations among women in antiquity is sparse, although ancient writers did on occasion represent women as erotically attracted to one another (e.g., Plato Symposium 191E; Ovid Metamorphoses 9.666–797).

Author: Michael Gagarin

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 9780195170726

Category: History

Page: 3584

View: 802

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and Rome is the clearest and most accessible guide to the world of classical antiquity ever produced. This multivolume reference work is a comprehensive overview of the major cultures of the classical Mediterranean world--Greek, Hellenistic, and Roman--from the Bronze Age to the fifth century CE. It also covers the legacy of the classical world and its interpretation and influence in subsequent centuries. The Encyclopedia brings the work of the best classical scholars, archaeologists, and historians together in an easy-to-use format. The articles, written by leading scholars in the field, seek to convey the significance of the people, places, and historical events of classical antiquity, together with its intellectual and material culture. Broad overviews of literature, history, archaeology, art, philosophy, science, and religion are complimented by articles on authors and their works, literary genres and periods, historical figures and events, archaeologists and archaeological sites, artists and artistic themes and materials, philosophers and philosophical schools, scientists and scientific areas, gods, heroes, and myths. Areas covered include: · Greek and Latin Literature · Authors and Their Works · Historical Figures and Events · Religion and Mythology · Art, Artists, Artistic Themes, and Materials · Archaeology, Philosophers, and Philosophical Schools · Science and Technology · Politics, Economics, and Society · Material Culture and Everyday Life
Categories: History

Sex and the Ancient City

Sex and the Ancient City

... by Greek and Latin authors as a sign of masculinity endorsed by women and this was regarded by those authors as unnatural, repulsive, unlawful and monstrous.4 In an important study on female homosexuality in ancient Greece and Rome, ...

Author: Andreas Serafim

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 9783110695793

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 551

View: 781

This volume aims to revisit, further explore and tease out the textual, but also non-textual sources in an attempt to reconstruct a clearer picture of a particular aspect of sexuality, i.e. sexual practices, in Greco-Roman antiquity. Sexual practices refers to a part of the overarching notion of sexuality: specifically, the acts of sexual intercourse, the erogenous capacities and genital functions of male and female body, and any other physical or biological actions that define one’s sexual identity or orientation. This volume aims to approach not simply the acts of sexual intercourse themselves, but also their legal, social, political, religious, medical, cultural/moral and interdisciplinary (e.g. emotional, performative) perspectives, as manifested in a range of both textual and non-textual evidence (i.e. architecture, iconography, epigraphy, etc.). The insights taken from the contributions to this volume would enable researchers across a range of disciplines – e.g. sex/gender studies, comparative literature, psychology and cognitive neuroscience – to use theoretical perspectives, methodologies and conceptual tools to frame the sprawling examination of aspects of sexuality in broad terms, or sexual practices in particular.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Ancient Greece and Rome

Ancient Greece and Rome

5.230 Dowden , K. , Death and the Maiden : Girls ' Initiation Rites in Greek Mythology , 1989 . ... “ Why is Diotima a Woman ? ' , 113–52 . ... Veyne , P. , ' Homosexuality in Ancient FOOD AND DRINK Images of Greece and Rome , 1982.

Author: Keith Hopwood

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 0719024013

Category: Civilization, Classical

Page: 450

View: 246

Categories: Civilization, Classical

Homosexuality in Ancient Athens

Homosexuality in Ancient Athens

A select Bibliography and Index follow the 173 pages of text, illustrated by two maps and eight reproductions of ancient paintings on vases. This book is an offshoot of Women of Ancient Athens published recently by the same author.

Author: Laurin, Joseph R

Publisher: Trafford Publishing

ISBN: 9781412053266

Category: Athens (Greece)

Page: 205

View: 534

Homosexuality in Ancient Athens is a brief, yet comprehensive and thoroughly documented history of the life style of men and women during the Classical period of the fifth and fourth centuries BCE in Athens, Greece. The references to ancient literary and iconographic sources and to modern literature are collected by chapters as follows: Definitions, Mythical Origin of Man, Men's Sexual Life Style, Homosexuality, Pederasty, Effeminacy, Lesbianism, Men's Friendship and Sexual Reality. A select Bibliography and Index follow the 173 pages of text, illustrated by two maps and eight reproductions of ancient paintings on vases. This book is an offshoot of Women of Ancient Athens published recently by the same author. Homosexuality in Ancient Athens is dedicated to all readers who desire to know more about the homosexual life style of the ancient Athenian men and women. Their history is unique in many ways, always intriguing and fascinating. This scholarly book is perfectly suited for libraries for adults and for academic reference centers as well as leading bookstores carrying English titles. Its Print-on-Demand access contributes to a wider distribution at a lower price. A quiz, for no grade or credit, just for fun! 1. Did the playwright Aristophanes and the philosopher Aristotle know each other in Athens? Yes ____ or No ____ 2. Were the terms "homosexual" and "lesbian" created by the Greeks of the Classical period? Yes ____ or No ____ 3. Was Cornelius Celsus of the first century CE first to write a treatise on venereal diseases? Yes ____ or No ____ 4. Was The dialogue "Symposium" written about love by Aristophanes ? Yes ____ or No ____ 5. Was the hero Achilles younger than his friend Patroclus? Yes ____ or No ____ 6. Did Aristotle object to the practice of pederasty when he wrote his Nicomachean Ethics? Yes ____ or No ____ 7. Did Nicomachus succeed his father Aristotle as director of the Lyceum of Athens? Yes ____ or No ____ 8. Did Socrates live before Jesus? time? Yes ____ No ____ If you need some help, please find the answers below in "Excerpts" section.
Categories: Athens (Greece)

Gay and Lesbian Communities the World Over

Gay and Lesbian Communities the World Over

8 As in ancient Greece, sexuality in ancient Rome was very important. Homosexuality was a part of life for most men in Rome, especially men in positions of power.9 It was important, however, that the person in power be the active sexual ...

Author: Rita J. Simon

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 9780739143667

Category: Social Science

Page: 132

View: 967

Gay and Lesbian Communities the World Over examines the treatment and status of gays and lesbians in 21 countries around the world. The countries included are Canada, the United States, Argentina, Brazil, Great Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Hungary, Poland, Russia, Israel, Egypt, Iran, Nigeria, South Africa, India, China, Japan, and Australia. The book explores the history of homosexuality dating back to ancient Greece and Rome, as well as attitudes toward gays and lesbians within the world's most prominent religions, the arts, literature, and film. This investigation is unique due to its comprehensive and innovative analysis of a wide range of topics concerning gay and lesbian communities across a large number of countries. The authors report on the rights of gay and lesbian citizens in the countries listed above, as for example the right to marry, adopt, serve in the military, hold certain occupational positions. They also describe the status of gay and lesbian citizens as for example, the legality of homosexuality and sanctioned punishments. When available, public opinion data are reported on how respondents feel about gays and lesbians in their country as well as their opinions on what rights should be afforded to this group. Data are reported on respondents' opinions on allowing gay marriage, civil unions, adoption, and allowing gays to openly serve in the military. The representative sample of countries in this study will help scholars get a better sense of the status of gays and lesbians across the globe.
Categories: Social Science

Encyclopedia of Lesbian and Gay Histories and Cultures

Encyclopedia of Lesbian and Gay Histories and Cultures

600 B.C.E.) poetry, there is no direct testimony by a woman of how women in antiquity experienced love between women or of how ... The Greek and Latin terminology used to designate female homosexuals does not include “lesbian,” which, ...

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Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9780815333548

Category: Gay men

Page: 986

View: 157

Categories: Gay men