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.

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.

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.

The Art of the Roman Empire

Author: Jaś Elsner
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780191081095
Release Date: 2018-04-27
Genre: Art

The passage from Imperial Rome to the era of late antiquity, when the Roman Empire underwent a religious conversion to Christianity, saw some of the most significant and innovative developments in Western culture. This stimulating book investigates the role of the visual arts, the great diversity of paintings, statues, luxury arts, and masonry, as both reflections and agents of those changes. Jas' Elsner's ground-breaking account discusses both Roman and early Christian art in relation to such issues as power, death, society, acculturation, and religion. By examining questions of reception, viewing, and the culture of spectacle alongside the more traditional art-historical themes of imperial patronage and stylistic change, he presents a fresh and challenging interpretation of an extraordinarily rich cultural crucible in which many fundamental developments of later European art had their origins. This second edition includes a new discussion of the Eurasian context of Roman art, an updated bibliography, and new, full colour illustrations.

Sex Or Symbol

Author: Catherine Johns
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 0415925673
Release Date: 2000
Genre: Art

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

Being Greek Under Rome

Author: Simon Goldhill
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521030870
Release Date: 2007-01-18
Genre: History

These especially commissioned essays open up a fascinating and novel perspective on a crucial era of Western culture. In the second century CE the Roman empire dominated the Mediterranean, but Greek culture maintained its huge prestige. At the same time, Christianity and Judaism were vying for followers against the lures of such an elite cultural life. This book looks at how writers in Greek from all areas of Empire society responded to their political position, to intellectual authority, to religious and social pressures.

Games of Venus

Author: Peter Bing
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781136611155
Release Date: 2013-01-11
Genre: History

Recent attacks on contemporary art have portrayed the erotic content of works by Robert Mapplethorpe and others as if it were a deviation from the Western artistic tradition. On the contrary, there is a rich tradition of eroticism in the arts beginning with the erotic verse of ancient Greek and Roman poets. Games of Venus, the first comprehensive anthology in English of ancient Greek and Roman erotic verse, revives this tradition for the modern reader. Games of Venus presents the whole spectrum of erotic poetry from Sappho to Ovid in translations which evoke the full range of styles and tones present in the original Greek and Latin. Brief biographical sketches accompany the work of each poet as do notes referring to the myths, geography, historical events, personages, and sexual and social customs mentioned in the verse.

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

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.

Naked Truths

Author: Ann Olga Koloski-Ostrow
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781134603855
Release Date: 2003-09-01
Genre: History

The articles in Naked Truths demonstrate the application of feminist theory to a diverse repertory of classical art: they offer topical and controversial readings on the material culture of the ancient Mediterranean. This volume presents a timely, provocative and beautifully illustrated re-evaluation of how the issues of gender, identity and sexuality reveal 'naked truths' about fundamental human values and social realities, through the compelling symbolism of the body.

Magic Witchcraft and Ghosts in the Greek and Roman Worlds

Author: Daniel Ogden
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 0195151232
Release Date: 2002
Genre: History

In a culture where the supernatural possessed an immediacy now strange to us, magic was of great importance both in the literary mythic tradition and in ritual practice. In this book, Daniel Ogden presents 300 texts in new translations, along with brief but explicit commentaries. Authors include the well known (Sophocles, Herodotus, Plato, Aristotle, Virgil, Pliny) and the less familiar, and extend across the whole of Graeco-Roman antiquity.

Studies in Ancient Greek and Roman Society

Author: Robin Osborne
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521837693
Release Date: 2004-07-15
Genre: History

A collection of innovative essays on major topics in ancient Greece and Rome, first published in 2004.

Looking at Lovemaking

Author: John R. Clarke
Publisher:
ISBN: UOM:39015040156195
Release Date: 1998
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 elite and for the elite. 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"

A Companion to Greek and Roman Sexualities

Author: Thomas K. Hubbard
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9781118610688
Release Date: 2013-11-21
Genre: Literary Criticism

A Companion to Greek and Roman Sexualities presents a comprehensive collection of original essays relating to aspects of gender and sexuality in the classical world. Views the various practices and discursive contexts of sexuality systematically and holistically Discusses Greece and Rome in each chapter, with sensitivity to the continuities and differences between the two classical civilizations Addresses the classical influence on the understanding of later ages and religion Covers artistic and literary genres, various social environments of sexual conduct, and the technical disciplines of medicine, magic, physiognomy, and dream interpretation Features contributions from more than 40 top international scholars