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Sex: Vice and Love from Antiquity to Modernity (Classical Receptions)

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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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Specificații

ISBN-13: 9781119025481
ISBN-10: 1119025486
Pagini: 240
Ilustrații: black & white illustrations
Dimensiuni: 174 x 245 x 12 mm
Greutate: 0.41 kg
Editura: Wiley
Seria Classical Receptions

Locul publicării: Chichester, United Kingdom

Public țintă

Upper–level undergraduate and graduate students studying the history of sexuality and/or gender; also for general readers

Textul de pe ultima copertă

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.

Cuprins

List of Illustrations ix
Preface xi
Part I Roman Vice 1
1 Introduction 3
2 Naked Bodies 7
An Introduction (less than successful) to the Naked Body 7
The Naked Body in Greece 14
Naked Romans 21
The Love of Art and the Art of Love 28
3 Obscene Texts 34
Illustrating the Unspeakable 34
Talking Dirty 40
4 Erotic Rites 48
The Myth of the Orgy 48
Locating the Erotic in Roman Religion 55
5 Imperial Biography 65
The Private Lives of the Caesars 65
Explaining Roman Gossip Culture 79
Part II Greek Love 89
6 Introduction 91
What is ′Greek Love′? Scenes from a Courtroom I 92
7 Greece 97
The Loves of Hellas 97
The Platonic Vision 99
8 Rome and the West 109
Greece under Rome and Rome under Greece 109
Greek Love Burns Briefly, but Brightly 119
9 Renaissance and Enlightenment 124
Giving Birth in the Beautiful 124
The Pursuit of Love 135
10 Nineteenth Century and Beyond 143
Greek Love Triumphant 143
Sapphic Love 149
A Mixed Legacy: Greek Love in the Twentieth and Twenty–First Centuries 159
11 Epilogue 164
Scenes from a Courtroom II 164
Notes and Further Reading 166
Bibliography 190
Index 205

Notă biografică

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).

Recenzii

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