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The Constraints of Desire : The Anthropology of Sex and Gender in Ancient Greece - John J. Winkler

The Constraints of Desire

The Anthropology of Sex and Gender in Ancient Greece

Paperback Published: 13th December 1989
ISBN: 9780415901239
Number Of Pages: 269

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John Winkler's work is concerned with understanding men's and women's lives in the ancient world. Drawing on the new anthropological approaches increasingly popular since the emergence of Foucault, Winkler offers six windows on ancient Greek gender. The first half of the book, Andres: Husbands/Men', considers the interpretation of erotic dreams, specifically in the work of Artemidoros. Winkler also discusses the oversight of the sexual behaviour of political candidates in ancient Greece, love potions, voodoo dolls, and other magical constraints through which men might compel women to submit. The second half of the volume, Gynaikes: Wives/Women', discusses the myth of the authoress of the Odyssey' as a well intentioned misunderstanding of women's power in the ancient world and reconstructs an alternative understanding of men's and women's lives and values within the community.

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"The entire work is an excellent one for courses on women in antiquity. . . History courses will profit from the section on male sexuality in classical Athens. . . this sophisticated and valuable work is accessible to a very wide audience." -"Classical World

Prefacep. vii
Abbreviationsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Unnatural Acts: Erotic Protocols in Artemidoros' Dream Analysisp. 17
Laying Down the Law: The Oversight of Men's Sexual Behavior in Classical Athensp. 45
The Constraints of Desire: Erotic Magical Spellsp. 71
Interlude: Reading Against the Grain
The Education of Chloe: Hidden Injuries of Sexp. 101
Penelope's Cunning and Homer'sp. 129
Double Consciousness in Sappho's Lyricsp. 162
The Laughter of the Oppressed: Demeter and the Gardens of Adonisp. 188
Translation of Artemidoros 1.78-80p. 210
Phusis and Natura Meaning "Genitals"p. 217
Notesp. 221
Bibliographyp. 237
Index of Passages Discussedp. 255
General Indexp. 261
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ISBN: 9780415901239
ISBN-10: 0415901235
Series: New Ancient World Series
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 269
Published: 13th December 1989
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.37 x 15.34  x 1.58
Weight (kg): 0.39
Edition Number: 1