By Laura K. McClure
This e-book explores the interesting global of intercourse and gender roles within the classical interval. It offers readers with essays that symbolize a variety of views on ladies, gender and sexuality within the historic global. they're obtainable to basic readers when additionally tough them to confront difficulties of proof and interpretation, new theories and methodologies, and modern assumptions approximately gender and sexuality. The essays conceal a large spectrum of scholarly views, and hint the debates and topics of the sector from the overdue Sixties to the past due Nineteen Nineties. additionally they tackle a number literary and non-literary genres, together with a few non-canonical resources reminiscent of scientific writings and inscriptions, to clarify historic principles approximately sexuality and the discourses that formed those rules. The publication additionally presents translations of basic resources to allow readers to confront the facts for themselves and determine the technique utilized by historians. It contains Greek literature and society, Roman tradition and the legacy of classical delusion for contemporary feminist students. It comprises and examines not just ladies in antiquity but additionally masculinity and sexuality to supply a entire account of this attention-grabbing subject.
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I put the matter in these coarse and clinical terms to preclude any misapprehension arising from modern application of the expression ‘Platonic love’ or from Greek euphemism (see below). Xenophon3l portrays the Syracusan tyrant Hiero I<. J . 34 Why homosexuahty - or, to speak more precisely, ‘pseudo-homosexuality,’35since the Greeks saw nothing surprising in the co-existence of desire for boys and desire for girls in the same person-obtained so firm and widespread a hold on Greek society, is a difficult and speculative quest i ~ nSegregation .
58 Plutarch, De Stoieorum Repug-nantiis 1044B. 30). Democritus fr. B 127 (Diels-Kranz) is evidence for high valuation of scratching rather than low valuation of sex. 60 Musonius Rufus (p. , Hense) can hardly be supposed to exhibit Christian influence. 61 Modern Christian critics of the “permissive society” sometimes speak as if they really believed (and maybe they do) that an extra-marital sexual relationship with a person of the opposite sex is the same sort of experience as sinlung one’s teeth into a tender steal<.
Sexuality and Gender in the Classical World: Readings and Sources (Interpreting Ancient History) by Laura K. McClure