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Cambridge Classical Studies : Rape and the Politics of Consent in Classical Athens - Rosanna Omitowoju

Cambridge Classical Studies

Rape and the Politics of Consent in Classical Athens

Hardcover Published: 1st June 2002
ISBN: 9780521800747
Number Of Pages: 260

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Were acts of sex which we would call rape and regard as a criminal offence similarly regarded in classical Athens? That is the main question posed in this book, the first in-depth study of the topic ever to be undertaken. It considers the legal terminology for rape and discusses exactly what these different terms describe. It also examines literary stories where rape and/or seduction feature as plot devices and looks at different characters' responses to them. The book's presentation makes it accessible to a wider readership of non-classicists.

"Omitowoju's treatment of the material does reveal how it might serve as a frame for understanding ancient attitudes toward the sexual assault of women. More profoundly, it exposes the fact that because female victims of sexual assault in antiquity had no legal recourse except through the agency of guardians, the subject of rape cannot even be broached without considering how it impinges on male citizen status." American Journal of Philology "[This] book, for both content and methodology, will be of interest to historians, and anyone else concerned with issues of law, sexuality, gender, and civic identity." Phoenix

Introduction
Regulating Rape with Words: Rhetoric and Respectability in the Athenian Courts: Introduction: Athenian law in context
Hubris: rape and shame
Bia: rape and violence
Moicheia: rape and adultery
Women and status
Menander: Propriety and Transgression: Introduction: Menander in context
Rape and recognition in Menander
Rape and maintaining the status quo: citizenship, marriage, money and eros
Conclusion
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ISBN: 9780521800747
ISBN-10: 0521800749
Series: Cambridge Classical Studies
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 260
Published: 1st June 2002
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.4 x 14.8  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.43