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Controlling desires : sexuality in ancient Greece and Rome

Author
Ormand, Kirk, 1962-
Title
Controlling desires : sexuality in ancient Greece and Rome / Kirk Ormand.
Format
Book
Published
Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 2009.
Description
xii, 292 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
URL
<Table of contents only> http://catdir.loc.gov/catdir/toc/ecip0826/2008036656.html
Uniform series
Praeger series on the ancient world.
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (p. [269]-285) and index.
Contents
  • Introduction
  • Homer, Hesiod, and Greek lyric poetry
  • Sexual roles and sexual rules in classical Athens
  • Sexuality in Greek comedy
  • Legal and illegal sex in ancient Greece
  • Philosophical sex
  • Love and sex in Hellenistic poetry
  • Rome and Roman sex
  • Roman comic sex
  • Legal and illegal sex in ancient Rome
  • Roman poetry about love and sex
  • Excursus : lesbians in Ovid's Metamorphoses
  • Imperial sex : Nero and Seneca
  • Sex in satire and invective poetry.
Review
"Historians of ancient Greece and Rome are sometimes hesitant to engage with the well-documented fact that Greek and Roman men regularly engaged in same-sex sexual relations with younger men. In a similar vein, in order to avoid her apparent sexual orientation, scholars have constructed elaborate social explanations for Sappho, a 6th-century woman from the island of Lesbos who wrote passionate poetry about her erotic relations with a number of women. On the other hand, in recent times the Greeks and Romans have occasionally been idealized as prototypes of modem homosexuality or bisexuality." "In this engaging, cross-disciplinary book, Ormand argues that the Greeks and Romans thought of sex and sexuality in ways fundamentally different from our own. Ormand's exploration of Greek and Roman sexual practice affords readers the opportunity to see how attitudes and beliefs about sex and sexuality functioned in the early civilizations of the West, and how those attitudes reveal the unspoken rules that defined public and private behavior."--Jacket.
Kinsey subjects
Sex customs--Greece--Antiquity.
Sex customs--Rome--Antiquity.
Sex behavior history--Greece--Antiquity.
Sex behavior history--Rome--Antiquity.
Sex ethics--Greece--Antiquity.
Sex ethics--Rome--Antiquity.
Sex in literature.
ISBN
9780275988807 (alk. paper)
0275988805 (alk. paper)

Holdings

Library
Blmgtn - Kinsey Institute Library (by appointment only)
Call Number
184.53 O76 c6 2009
Location
Auxiliary Library Facility - Kinsey Institute