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

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Princeton University Press, 1990 - 526 sivua

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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INTRODUCTION
3
The SuperMale and the Feminine
21
The Sexual Life of Satyrs
53
Ancient Texts and Contexts
83
The Rites of Artemis Triklaria
115
Woman Dirt and Desire
135
The Oversight of Mens Sexual Behavior
171
A Dionysiac
211
The Female Body
339
From Freud to Artemidoros
365
Physiognomy and SelfFashioning
389
Nature Art and Imitation in Longiis
417
Eros
465
Sexuality and Renunciation
479
NOTES ON CONTRIBUTORS
495
GENERAL INDEX
511

Figuration of Gender
257
The Medical Writers Woman
309

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