Sexuality and Gender in the Classical World: Readings and Sources

Sexuality and Gender in the Classical World: Readings and Sources

Language: English

Pages: 336

ISBN: 0631225897

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

This volume provides essays that represent a range of perspectives on women, gender and sexuality in the ancient world, tracing the debates from the late 1960s to the late 1990s.
















however, another side of the coin. Sexual intercourse was not permitted in the temples or sanctuaries of deities (not even of deities whose sexual enthusiasm was conspicuous in mythology), and regulations prescribing chastity or formal purification after intercourse played a part in many Greek cults. Homeric epic, for all its unquestioning acceptance of fornication as one of the good things of life, is circumspect in vocabulary, and more than once denotes the male genitals by aidos, ‘shame,’

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the challenge to male authority over it therefore takes place on several levels the social, cognitive, and psychological. If men enter t h s domain, assuming their legitimate rights to its custody, only to meet with a welcome they had not foreseen, at the same time they also inevitably fad to lock up, to repress those powerful forces hidden in the recesses of the house. Quite the contrary - tragic process, for the most part, conveyed through the catalyzing person and actions of the feminine, puts

activates the Centaur’s ruse, plotted long ago as the deadly poison entrusted as a secret love charm to Deianeira’s safekeeping inside the house. The point is that innocent as Deianeira may be of conscious intent to harm her husband, she stdl easily proves a better and more successful plotter than he. Masculine guile is repaid in full - even when retaliation does not openly bear the name of revenge. If t h s Heracles conforms so well to the normative pattern, Ajax, that other great hero, does

(ed.). 1981. Reflections of Women in Antipity. New York, London, and Paris. _ _ . 1981. “Conception of Women in Athenian Drama.” In H. P. Foley (ed.), Reflections of Women in Antipity, 127-68. New Yorlz, London, and Paris. Foucault, M. 1988. The Use of Pleasure: i%eHistory of Sexuality Vol. 2. Trans. R. Hurley. New Yorlz. _ _ . 1988. i%e Care of the S e y i%eHistory of Sexuality Vol. 3. Trans. R. Hurley. New York. Foxhd, L. 1994. “Pandora Unbound: A Feminist Critique of Foucault’s History of

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