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Before Sexuality : The Construction of Erotic Experience in the Ancient Greek World - Froma I. Zeitlin

Before Sexuality

The Construction of Erotic Experience in the Ancient Greek World

By: Froma I. Zeitlin (Editor), John J. Winkler (Editor), David M. Halperin (Editor)

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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.

"[The contributors] have either renewed the study of traditional topics and sources ... or brought neglected and marginalized topics centrally into the play of cultural history by means of their hermeneutic approach and omnivorous perspective."--The Times Literary Supplement

List of Illustrationsp. vii
Prefacep. xv
List of Abbreviationsp. xvii
Introductionp. 3
Herakles: The Super-Male and the Femininep. 21
The Sexual Life of Satyrsp. 53
Aspects of Baubo: Ancient Texts and Contextsp. 83
From Sex to Politics: The Rites of Artemis Triklaria and Dionysos Aisymnetes at Patrasp. 115
Putting Her in Her Place: Woman, Dirt, and Desirep. 135
Laying Down the Law: The Oversight of Men's Sexual Behavior in Classical Athensp. 171
From Ambiguity to Ambivalence: A Dionysiac Excursion through the "Anakreontic" Vasesp. 211
Why Is Diotima a Woman? Platonic Eros and the Figuration of Genderp. 257
The Medical Writers' Womanp. 309
Maidenhood without Maidenhead: The Female Body in Ancient Greecep. 339
The Future of Dreams: From Freud to Artemidorosp. 365
The Semiotics of Gender: Physiognomy and Self-Fashioning in the Second Century C.E.p. 389
The Poetics of Eros: Nature, Art, and Imitation in Longus' Daphnis and Chloep. 417
One ... Two ... Three: Erosp. 465
Bodies and Minds: Sexuality and Renunciation in Early Christianityp. 479
Notes on Contributorsp. 495
Index of Passages Discussedp. 499
General Indexp. 511
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ISBN: 9780691002217
ISBN-10: 0691002215
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 548
Published: 1st August 1991
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.91 x 15.19  x 3.38
Weight (kg): 0.8