Sexuality in greek and roman culture
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Sex and Sexuality in Ancient Greece and Rome
A brief history of sex and sexuality in Ancient Greece
Marilyn J. Sexuality in Greek and Roman Culture. MA: Blackwell Publishers, To what extent can observers of twenty-first-century America understand and define sexuality according to literary, philosophic, religious, artistic and juridical discourses on the erotic produced by earlier western cultures, specifically those of pre-Christian Greece and Rome? However, as Marilyn Skinner, Professor of Classics at the University of Arizona, argues in Sexuality in Greek and Roman Culture , any similarities between ideas voiced in the distant past and those voiced now are problematic given the differences that necessarily arise from dissimilar social and historical conditions. What is analogous is not necessarily identical, especially when the comparison involves entities as fluid as human sexuality and as variable as culture. Skinner's book represents the culmination of well over thirty years of research on gender and sexuality in ancient western cultures among such eminent scholars as Sarah Pomeroy Goddesses, Wives, Whores and Slaves , ; K.
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More than twenty years of researching and teaching sex and gender in antiquity, on both Greek and Roman topics, makes Marilyn Skinner an ideal candidate to write the first textbook-style survey of the subject. Her engaging and frank Preface includes a short autobiographical account of how "two generations' worth of hindsight" supplement scholarly credentials, instilling a desire "to arouse in younger persons the same impulse to think alternatively, especially about their own intimate experiences" xiii. This is the first of many moments in the book where the author foregrounds the personal and contemporary relevance of the study of ancient sexuality. Sexuality in Greek and Roman Culture surveys in less than pages the role of sex and gender from Homer to imperial Rome of the late second century CE, judiciously assessing along the way influential scholarship Skinner explicitly states that she will be concentrating on the past ten to fifteen years. The author aims at two readerships: "to help undergraduates engage with ancient sexuality in all its otherness," and "for the general reader, who may have heard rumors about exciting new questions being broached in a proverbially conservative discipline" xii. It is especially challenging to write this type of work for sexuality since, in addition to presenting a disparate array of primary evidence, the author must also summarize often complex or highly theoretical scholarly debates without being overly technical, boring, or irrelevant.
You are currently using the site but have requested a page in the site. Would you like to change to the site? Marilyn B. 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. Her research has focused on notions of gender and sexuality in the ancient world.