Sex on Show

Author: Caroline Vout
Publisher:
ISBN: 0714122785
Release Date: 2013
Genre: Erotic art

The Greeks and Romans were not shy about sex. Drinking cups, oil-lamps and walls were decorated with scenes of seduction and sexual intercourse which could make the modern viewer blush; models of penises were worn around the neck or hung from doorways. How are we to make sense of this abundance of sexual imagery? Were these images seductive, shocking, humorous? Were they about sex or love? And what and how do we learn from them? 'Sex on Show' answers these questions by embracing ancient attitudes to religion, politics, sex and gender to examine how the ancient saw themselves and their world.

Sex Or Symbol

Author: Catherine Johns
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 0415925673
Release Date: 1982
Genre: Art

First published in 2000. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

The Joy of Sex

Author: Alex Comfort
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9780743477741
Release Date: 2003-11
Genre: Family & Relationships

A thirtieth anniversary edition of the guide first published in 1972 features updated text and illustrations and covers such topics as sexually transmitted diseases and achieving healthy intimacy. Reprint.

Classical Art

Author: Caroline Vout
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 9781400890279
Release Date: 2018-05-29
Genre: Art

How did the statues of ancient Greece wind up dictating art history in the West? How did the material culture of the Greeks and Romans come to be seen as "classical" and as "art"? What does "classical art" mean across time and place? In this ambitious, richly illustrated book, art historian and classicist Caroline Vout provides an original history of how classical art has been continuously redefined over the millennia as it has found itself in new contexts and cultures. All of this raises the question of classical art's future. What we call classical art did not simply appear in ancient Rome, or in the Renaissance, or in the eighteenth-century Academy. Endlessly repackaged and revered or rebuked, Greek and Roman artifacts have gathered an amazing array of values, both positive and negative, in each new historical period, even as these objects themselves have reshaped their surroundings. Vout shows how this process began in antiquity, as Greeks of the Hellenistic period transformed the art of fifth-century Greece, and continued through the Roman empire, Constantinople, European court societies, the neoclassical English country house, and the nineteenth century, up to the modern museum. A unique exploration of how each period of Western culture has transformed Greek and Roman antiquities and in turn been transformed by them, this book revolutionizes our understanding of what classical art has meant and continues to mean.

Power and Eroticism in Imperial Rome

Author: Caroline Vout
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521867399
Release Date: 2007-02-22
Genre: Art

Through detailed analysis of a selection of material (poetry, prose and statues), this book explores how imperial power, and the authority and accessibility of the Roman emperor, were constructed and contested through the representation of sexual relations.

Sexuality in Greek and Roman Culture

Author: Marilyn B. Skinner
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9781118611081
Release Date: 2013-07-23
Genre: Literary Criticism

This agenda-setting text has been fully revised in its second edition, with coverage extended into the Christian era. It remains the most comprehensive and engaging introduction to the sexual cultures of ancient Greece and Rome. Covers a wide range of subjects, including Greek pederasty and the symposium, ancient prostitution, representations of women in Greece and Rome, and the public regulation of sexual behavior Expanded coverage extends to the advent of Christianity, includes added illustrations, and offers student-friendly pedagogical features Text boxes supply intriguing information about tangential topics Gives a thorough overview of current literature while encouraging further reading and discussion Conveys the complexity of ancient attitudes towards sexuality and gender and the modern debates they have engendered

Sex and Sensuality in the Ancient World

Author: Giulia Sissa
Publisher:
ISBN: UOM:39015082663595
Release Date: 2008
Genre: History

The author looks at sensuality and sexual desire in the Greek, Roman and early Christian worlds, demonstrating how modern concepts of sexuality emerge from the practices and theories of the ancient world. In particular, she draws a distinction between pleasure and desire, and analyses the different ways in which men and women were seen to experience erotic feeling, looking at the portrayal of transgressive women such as Medea, Clytemnestra and Jocasta. Based on the literature and philosophy of the time. Originally published as 'Eros tiranno: Sessualità e sensualità nel mondo antico' (2003).

Controlling Desires

Author: Kirk Ormand
Publisher: Praeger Publishers
ISBN: 0275988805
Release Date: 2009
Genre: History

Ormand demonstrates how the Greeks and Romans thought of sex and sexuality in ways fundamentally different from our own, with broad implications for social standing, citizenship, and personal identity.

The Sleep of Reason

Author: Martha C. Nussbaum
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226923314
Release Date: 2013-08-02
Genre: Psychology

Sex is beyond reason, and yet we constantly reason about it. So, too, did the peoples of ancient Greece and Rome. But until recently there has been little discussion of their views on erotic experience and sexual ethics. The Sleep of Reason brings together an international group of philosophers, philologists, literary critics, and historians to consider two questions normally kept separate: how is erotic experience understood in classical texts of various kinds, and what ethical judgments and philosophical arguments are made about sex? From same-sex desire to conjugal love, and from Plato and Aristotle to the Roman Stoic Musonius Rufus, the contributors demonstrate the complexity and diversity of classical sexuality. They also show that the ethics of eros, in both Greece and Rome, shared a number of commonalities: a focus not only on self-mastery, but also on reciprocity; a concern among men not just for penetration and display of their power, but also for being gentle and kind, and for being loved for themselves; and that women and even younger men felt not only gratitude and acceptance, but also joy and sexual desire. Contributors: * Eva Cantarella * Kenneth Dover * Chris Faraone * Simon Goldhill * Stephen Halliwell * David M. Halperin * J. Samuel Houser * Maarit Kaimio * David Konstan * David Leitao * Martha C. Nussbaum * A. W. Price * Juha Sihvola

Greek Homosexuality

Author: Kenneth James Dover
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 0674362705
Release Date: 1989
Genre: History

To what extent and in what ways was homosexuality approved by the ancient Greeks? An eminent classicist examines the evidence--vase paintings, archaic and classical poetry, the dialogues of Plato, speeches in the law courts, the comedies of Aristophanes--and reaches provocative conclusions. A discussion of female homosexuality is included.

The Hills of Rome

Author: Caroline Vout
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781139577083
Release Date: 2012-09-13
Genre: History

Rome is 'the city of seven hills'. This book examines the need for the 'seven hills' cliché, its origins, development, impact and borrowing. It explores how the cliché relates to Rome's real volcanic terrain and how it is fundamental to how we define this. Its chronological remit is capacious: Varro, Virgil and Claudian at one end, on, through the work of Renaissance antiquarians, to embrace frescoes and nineteenth-century engravings. These artists and authors celebrated the hills and the views from these hills, in an attempt to capture Rome holistically. By studying their efforts, this book confronts the problems of encapsulating Rome and 'cityness' more broadly and indeed the artificiality of any representation, whether a painting, poem or map. In this sense, it is not a history of the city at any one moment in time, but a history of how the city has been, and has to be, perceived.

Ancient Sex

Author: Kirk Ormand
Publisher:
ISBN: 0814212832
Release Date: 2015-07-28
Genre: Literary Criticism

Ancient Sex: New Essays presents groundbreaking work in a post-Foucauldian mode on sexuality, sexual identities, and gender identities in ancient Greece and Rome. Since the production of Foucault's History of Sexuality, the field of classics has been caught in a recursive loop of argument regarding the existence--or lack thereof--of "sexuality" (particularly "homosexuality") as a meaningful cultural concept for ancient Greece and Rome. Much of the argument concerning these issues, however, has failed to engage with the central argument of Foucault's work, namely, the assertion that sexuality as we understand it is the correlative of a historically specific form of medical and legal discourse that emerged only in the late nineteenth century. Rather than reopening old debates, Ancient Sex takes up Foucault's call for discursive analysis and elucidates some of the ways that ancient Greek and Roman texts and visual arts articulate a culturally specific discourse about sexual matters. Each contributor presupposes that sexual and gendered identities are discursively produced, and teases out some of the ways that the Greeks and Romans spoke and thought about these issues. Comprising essays by emerging and established scholars, this volume emphasizes in particular: sexual discourses about women; the interaction between sexual identities and class status; gender as an unstable discursive category (even in antiquity); and the relationships between ancient and modern sexual categories.

The Cambridge Companion to Erotic Literature

Author: Bradford K. Mudge
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781107184077
Release Date: 2017-09-07
Genre: Literary Criticism

This Companion offers an introduction to key topics in the study of erotic literature from antiquity to the present.

Looking at Lovemaking

Author: John R. Clarke
Publisher: Taylor & Francis US
ISBN: 0520229045
Release Date: 2001
Genre: Art

"Clarke teaches us to think about how this art was understood and felt by those who lived with it in their daily lives and he speculates that it might even reflect what the Romans actually did. This is the first genuinely contextual and theoretically informed study we have of a vast panoply of classical art about sex. It will be an illuminating book for classicists, historians, and anybody else who finds lovemaking interesting."--Thomas Laqueur, author of Making Sex "There are few scholars as able to take on this material, as well versed in theories of sexuality, and as comfortable dealing with both heterosexual and homoerotic content as Clarke. The topic is timely and the execution is professional."--Natalie Kampen, Barnard College "This book should attract not only classicists, but also scholars of sexuality in any field. Clarke succeeds both in introducing little-known material and in defamiliarizing the familiar examples of erotic art."--Anthony Corbeill, University of Kansas "Looking at Lovemaking proves that the ancients were very different from you and me--that they saw sex not primarily as procreation and never as sin but rather as sport, art, and pleasure, an activity full of humor, tenderness and above all variety. John R. Clarke, by looking at Roman artifacts from several centuries destined to be used by different social classes, reveals that the erotic visual record is far more varied, open-minded and playful than are written moral strictures, which were narrowly formulated by the élite and for the élite. This book is at once discreet and bold--discreetly respectful of nuance and context, boldly clear in drawing the widest possible conclusions about the malleability of human behavior. Clarke has, with meticulous scholarship and a fresh approach, vindicated Foucault's revolutionary claims for the social construction of sexuality."--Edmund White, author of The Beautiful Room is Empty