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A Companion to Greek and Roman Sexualities



A Companion to Greek and Roman Sexualities

Thomas K. Hubbard (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-118-61068-8 November 2013 Wiley-Blackwell 680 Pages

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A Companion to Greek and Roman Sexualities presents a comprehensive collection of original essays relating to aspects of gender and sexuality in the classical world.

  • Views the various practices and discursive contexts of sexuality systematically and holistically
  • Discusses Greece and Rome in each chapter, with sensitivity to the continuities and differences between the two classical civilizations
  • Addresses the classical influence on the understanding of later ages and religion
  • Covers artistic and literary genres, various social environments of sexual conduct, and the technical disciplines of medicine, magic, physiognomy, and dream interpretation
  • Features contributions from more than 40 top international scholars

Foreword ix

Notes on Contributors xi

Abbreviations xvii

Note on Ancient Greek Words, Names, and Titles xxvii

1 Feminist Theory 1
Marilyn B. Skinner

2 Studies of Ancient Masculinity 17
Mark Masterson

3 Desirability and the Body 31
Mark D. Stansbury-O’Donnell

4 Foucault’s History of Sexuality and the Discipline of Classics 54
Kirk Ormand

5 Greek and Roman Marriage 69
Allison Glazebrook and Kelly Olson

6 Prostitution: Controversies and New Approaches 83
Thomas A. J. McGinn

7 Ancient Pederasty: An Introduction 102
Andrew Lear

8 Peer Homosexuality 128
Thomas K. Hubbard

9 Female Homoeroticism 150
Sandra Boehringer

10 From Ascesis to Sexual Renunciation 164
Thomas K. Hubbard and Maria Doerfler

11 Sexual Abuse and Sexual Rights: Slaves’ Erotic Experience at Athens and Rome 184
Edward E. Cohen

12 Sumposion 199
Sean Corner

13 Sexuality in Greek and Roman Religion 214
Jennifer Larson

14 Sexuality in Greek and Roman Military Contexts 230
David D. Leitao

15 Athletics and Sexuality 244
Nick Fisher

16 Phusis and Sensuality: Knowing the Body in Greek Erotic Culture 265
Giulia Sissa

17 Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered: Erotic Magic in the Greco-Roman World 282
Radcliffe G. Edmonds III

18 Dream Interpretation, Physiognomy, Body Divination 297
Christophe Chandezon, Veronique Dasen, and Jerome Wilgaux

19 Sex in Ancient Greek and Roman Epic 314
Ingrid E. Holmberg

20 Erotic Lyric 335
Richard Rawles and Bartolo Natoli

21 Sexuality in the Extant Greek and Roman Tragedies 352
Hanna M. Roisman

22 The Body Politic: Sexuality in Greek and Roman Comedy and Mime 366
Monica Florence

23 Greco-Roman Satirical Poetry 381
Ralph M. Rosen and Catherine C. Keane

24 Greek and Roman Ethnosexuality 398
Joseph Roisman

25 Platonic and Roman Influence on Stoic and Epicurean Sexual Ethics 417
James Jope

26 Sexual Rhetoric: From Athens to Rome 431
Allison Glazebrook

27 Biography 446
Caroline Vout

28 Epistolography 463
Owen Hodkinson

29 Paths of Love: Age and Gender Dynamics in the Erotic Novel 479
T. Wade Richardson

30 Sexual Themes in Greek and Latin Graffiti 493
Craig Williams

31 Sexuality and Visual Representation 509
John R. Clarke

32 Sexuality in Jewish Writings from 200 BCE to 200 CE 534
Mary R. D’Angelo

33 Early Christian Sexuality 549
Kathy L. Gaca

34 The Early Modern Erotic Imagination 565
Alastair J. L. Blanshard

35 Romantic Appropriations 583
Michael Matthew Kaylor

36 The Early Homophile Movement in Germany 599
Hans Peter Obermayer

37 Ancient Sexuality on Screen 613
Monica S. Cyrino

Index of Ancient Works Cited 629

General Index 647

“While perhaps few readers will work through the volume as a whole, nearly all classicists will find some points of intersection with their own sub-fields. The discourses of sex in the ancient world are not confined to love poetry and erotic vase paintings, but pervade almost every aspect of life, if one knows what to look for.”  (Phoenix, 1 June 2015)

“This volume will be of use to many scholars and teachers across a variety of fields . . . Overall, this is a useful volume with much to recommend it to anyone who needs a solid introduction to any aspect of sexuality in ancient Greece or Rome.”  (Religious Studies Review, 4 June 2015)

“Companion to Greek and Roman Sexualitiesprovides a thought-provoking overview of an important subject area, it is a fascinating collection of chapters offering a tantalizing taste of a scholarship that is ripe for debate and will continue to encourage scholars to develop their research methods, bringing the cultures of Greece and Rome together for comparison and criticism and dissection and discussion.”  (Reference Reviews, 1 December 2014

"Thanks to its wide scope, the collection of papers is guaranteed to appeal to beginners in the field of ancient sexuality as well as to specialists, who will find many details which are new to them. The Companion should also prove useful in teaching courses on issues of ancient sex and sexuality, since it assembles up-to-date, authoritative, well-written treatments of key aspects by noted experts. Its particular value lies in the diversity of the evidence presented and the breadth of the questions asked of the sources."  (Bryn Mawr Classical Review, September 2014)