Bisexuality in the ancient world (Book, 1992) [University of Maryland, College Park]
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Bisexuality in the ancient world

Bisexuality in the ancient world

Author: Eva Cantarella
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, 1992.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
"Bisexuality was intrinsic to the cultures of the ancient world. In both Greece and Rome, same gender sexual relationships were acknowledged, and those between men were not only tolerated but widely celebrated in literature and art. Nor for Greeks and Romans was homosexuality an exclusive choice, but alternative to and sometimes concurrent with the love of the opposite sex." "Whilst exploring aspects of the female
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Eva Cantarella
ISBN: 0300048440 9780300048445 0300059248 9780300059243
Language Note: Translated from the Italian by C. O Cuilleanain.
OCLC Number: 25629935
Description: xii, 284 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Greece --
The Beginnings, the Greek Dark Age and the Archaic Period --
The Problem of Origins and Pederasty as a Form of Initiation --
The Homeric Poems --
The Age of Lyric Poetry: Solon, Alcaeus, Anacreon, Theognis, Ibycus and Pindar --
The Classical Age --
The Etiquette of Love. How to Conquer a Boy: The Social Rules of Courtship --
How to Love a Boy: Erotic Manifestations in the Pederastic Relationship --
The Laws on Pederasty. Two Stages, Two Cities: Athens and Beroea --
The Age for Loving and the Age for Being Loved --
Breaking the Rules on Age: Custom and Law --
Male Prostitution: The Oration of Aeschines Against Timarchus --
Homosexuality and Heterosexuality Compared in Philosophy and Literature --
Socrates --
Plato --
Xenophone --
Aristotle --
Plutarch --
The Greek Anthology, Achilles Tatius and Pseudo-Lucian --
Women and Homosexuality --
Love Between Women --
Women and Male Homosexuality --
Female Homosexuality Seen by Men --
Rome --
The Archaic Period and the Republic --
The Indigenous Features of Roman Homosexuality --
Legitimate Forms of Love: Subjecting One's Own Slave, Paying a Prostitute --
Prohibited Loves: Subjecting a Roman --
The Lex Scatinia --
The edict De adtemptata pudicitia --
The Late Republic and the Principate --
The poets: Catullus, Tibullus, Propertius, Lucretius, Virgil, Horace, Ovid --
The Lex Iulia de adulteriis coercendis --
Tradition and Innovation: The Carmina Priapea, graffiti, satire --
The Empire --
Practices --
The Sexual Behaviour of the Powerful: Excuse or Example? --
Women and Homosexuality.
Other Titles: Secondo natura.
Responsibility: Eva Cantarella ; translated by Cormac Ó Couilleanáin.


Drawing on the full range of sources, this book reconstructs the bisexual cultures of Athens and Rome and compares them. Canterella explores the psychological, social and cultural mechanisms that  Read more...
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