Before Sexuality The Construction of Erotic Experience in the Ancient Greek World

ISBN-10: 0691002215

ISBN-13: 9780691002217

Edition: 1992

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A dream in which a man has sex with his mother may promise him political or commercial success--according to dream interpreters of late antiquity, who, unlike modern Western analysts, would not necessarily have drawn conclusions from the dream about the dreamer's sexual psychology. Evidence of such shifts in perspective is leading scholars to reconsider in a variety of creative ways the history of sexuality. In these fifteen original essays, eminent cultural historians and classicists not only discuss sex, but demonstrate how norms, practices, and even the very definitions of what counts as sexual activity have varied significantly over time. Ancient Greece offers abundant evidence for a radically different set of sexual standards and behaviors from ours. Sex in ancient Hellenic culture assumed a variety of social and political meanings, whereas the modern development of a sex-centered model of personality now leads us to view sex as the key to understanding the individual. Drawing on both the Anglo-American tradition of cultural anthropology and the French tradition of les sciences humaines, these essays explore the iconography, politics, ethics, poetry, and medical practices that made sex in ancient Greece not a paradise of liberation but an exotic locale hardly recognizable to visitors from the modern world. In addition to the editors, the contributors to this volume are Peter Brown, Anne Carson, Franoise Frontisi-Ducroux, Maud W. Gleason, Ann Ellis Hanson, Franois Lissarrague, Nicole Loraux, Maurice Olender, S.R.F. Price, James Redfield, Giulia Sissa, and Jean-Pierre Vernant.
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Book details

List price: $85.00
Copyright year: 1992
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 9/1/1991
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 552
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.694
Language: English

David M. Halperin is W. H. Auden Distinguished University Professor of the History and Theory of Sexuality at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

List of Illustrations
Preface
List of Abbreviations
Introduction
Herakles: The Super-Male and the Feminine
The Sexual Life of Satyrs
Aspects of Baubo: Ancient Texts and Contexts
From Sex to Politics: The Rites of Artemis Triklaria and Dionysos Aisymnetes at Patras
Putting Her in Her Place: Woman, Dirt, and Desire
Laying Down the Law: The Oversight of Men's Sexual Behavior in Classical Athens
From Ambiguity to Ambivalence: A Dionysiac Excursion through the "Anakreontic" Vases
Why Is Diotima a Woman? Platonic Eros and the Figuration of Gender
The Medical Writers' Woman
Maidenhood without Maidenhead: The Female Body in Ancient Greece
The Future of Dreams: From Freud to Artemidoros
The Semiotics of Gender: Physiognomy and Self-Fashioning in the Second Century C.E.
The Poetics of Eros: Nature, Art, and Imitation in Longus' Daphnis and Chloe
One ... Two ... Three: Eros
Bodies and Minds: Sexuality and Renunciation in Early Christianity
Notes on Contributors
Index of Passages Discussed
General Index
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