Homosexuality in Greece and Rome: A Sourcebook of Basic Documents

Homosexuality in Greece and Rome: A Sourcebook of Basic Documents

Homosexuality in Greece and Rome: A Sourcebook of Basic Documents

Homosexuality in Greece and Rome: A Sourcebook of Basic Documents

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Ancient Greece and Rome have often been invoked as models of advanced civilizations that accorded same-gender relations considerably higher status and freedom of display than most subsequent Western societies did until very recently. While some aspects of this idealized image may require contextualization and modification, the appeal the ancient paradigm has had for gays and lesbians of many generations makes it worthy of serious investigation. This book brings together, in as complete a form as is possible in a single affordable volume, the literary and documentary evidence concerning same-gender eroticism in ancient Greece and Rome, as well as a limited, but representative, sample of artistic evidence. This sourcebook does not include selections that were clearly written under Christian influence, since early Christian expressions on this subject merit an anthology of their own. Some works that are readily available in a variety of affordable paperback editions, such as Plato's Symposium, are extracted here, even though a reading of the whole is recommended. This volume's goal is to stimulate further exploration by curious readers who may not be immersed in the cultural history of Greece and Rome, and at the same time also offer revelations to more experienced students of antiquity, either by acquainting them with unfamiliar texts, by summarizing the current state of scholarship on texts, or by piecing the evidence together in new ways.

Too often theories have been erected on the basis of a fairly limited range of texts, and generalizations have been made without due regard for the diversity of chronological, geographical, generic, and ideological factors that frame and differentiate those texts. This volume aims to present as wide a range of evidence as possible, including texts that have often been overlooked. The short introduction to each text contextualizes it in terms of date and, where necessary, its position within a larger work. The longer chapter . . .

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