SexVice and Love from Antiquity to Modernity
Classical Receptions 1. Aufl.
Sex: Vice and Love from Antiquity to Modernity examines the impact that sexual fantasies about the classical world have had on modern Western culture. Offers a wealth of information on sex in the Greek and Roman world Correlates the study of classical sexuality with modern Western cultures Identifies key influential themes in the evolution of erotic discourse from antiquity to modernity Presents a serious and thought-provoking topic with great accessibility
List of Illustrations ix Preface xi Part I Roman Vice 1 1 Introduction 3 2 Naked Bodies 7 An Introduction (less than successful) to the Naked Body 7 The Naked Body in Greece 14 Naked Romans 21 The Love of Art and the Art of Love 28 3 Obscene Texts 34 Illustrating the Unspeakable 34 Talking Dirty 40 4 Erotic Rites 48 The Myth of the Orgy 48 Locating the Erotic in Roman Religion 55 5 Imperial Biography 65 The Private Lives of the Caesars 65 Explaining Roman Gossip Culture 79 Part II Greek Love 89 6 Introduction 91 What is 'Greek Love'? Scenes from a Courtroom I 92 7 Greece 97 The Loves of Hellas 97 The Platonic Vision 99 8 Rome and the West 109 Greece under Rome and Rome under Greece 109 Greek Love Burns Briefly, but Brightly 119 9 Renaissance and Enlightenment 124 Giving Birth in the Beautiful 124 The Pursuit of Love 135 10 Nineteenth Century and Beyond 143 Greek Love Triumphant 143 Sapphic Love 149 A Mixed Legacy: Greek Love in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries 159 11 Epilogue 164 Scenes from a Courtroom II 164 Notes and Further Reading 166 Bibliography 190 Index 205
“The book is helpfully provocative and certainly helps to explain the enduring appeal of Grecece and Rome in contemporary (erotic) culture.” (INTAMS review - Journal for the Study of Marriage & Spirituality, 18 January 2012) "Recommended. Graduate students/faculty." (Choice, 1 March 2011) "This book is enjoyable and informative . . . it would be of especial interest to students of reception studies and the history of sexuality, but there is also much material that is useful to the classical scholar". (Bmcreview, 26 April 2011) "It is because of the personal narratives - as well as the sophistication, wit and learning of the whole enterprise - that this book is highly recommended reading." (Times Higher Education, 30 October 2010)
Alastair J. L. Blanshard is a senior lecturer in Classics & Ancient History at the University of Sydney. He is the author of Hercules: A Heroic Life (2005).
With startling clarity, the classical world is invoked both as the home of sexual freedom and a haven for wanton acts of sexual perversity. Sex: Vice and Love from Antiquity to Modernity examines the profound impact that sexual fantasies about the classical world have had on modern Western culture, and looks at the ways in which various cultures have used classical erotica to locate and articulate their own erotic discourse. In this provocative new study, Alastair Blanshard offers rich insights how our perceptions of vice and love in antiquity continue to shape the roles of sex and sexuality in modern culture.
"This is a sharply witty and provocative guide to ancient sexual transgression - and to our modern fantasies, dreams and projections about Greek love and Roman orgies." Simon Goldhill, Cambridge University “From George Washington unclad as a Roman prince, to the cult of Plato’s Symposium in nineteenth-century England, to cinematographic fantasies of Roman orgies, Alastair Blanshard explores how the Moderns became fascinated with classical sex, Roman vice and Greek love. Often ironic, never naive and always a pleasure, this book reveals the enduring appeal of Greece and Rome in our erotic culture.” Giulia Sissa, University of California at Los Angeles