Imagining Men: Ideals of Masculinity in Ancient Greek Culture

Imagining Men: Ideals of Masculinity in Ancient Greek Culture

Imagining Men: Ideals of Masculinity in Ancient Greek Culture

Imagining Men: Ideals of Masculinity in Ancient Greek Culture

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The mestizo was a drug lord from South America. The black man was his barrister from the Caribbean. The white man was an ex-con from the States.Money brought them to the barrister's office in the Cayman Islands.One had more than he would ever need. One had more than he ever expected. One had very little. Each wanted more.

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The lives of ancient peoples may seem far removed, socially, linguistically, and especially technologically, from the concerns of the modern world. Yet the popularity of historical subjects on both the big and little screens— Troy, Alexander, 300, HBO’s Rome, the many History Channel programs— demonstrates the abiding fascination the ancient world continues to exert. Some people are drawn to the dramatic differences between the ancient and modern, others seek to find the origins for contemporary cultural features or the sources to provide meaning to our modern lives. Regardless of approach, the past holds something valuable for all of us. It is literally the root of who we are, physically through our actual ancestors and culturally in establishing the foundations for our current beliefs and practices in religious, social, domestic, and political arenas. The same ancients that we study were themselves drawn to their own pasts, often asking questions similar to the ones we pose today about our past.

The books in the Praeger Series on the Ancient World address different topics from various perspectives. The ones on myth, sports, technology, warfare, and women explore these subjects cross-culturally, both within the ancient Mediterranean context—Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece, Rome, and others—and between the ancient Mediterranean cultures and those of the Americas, Africa, and Asia. Others, including the volumes on literature, men, sexuality, and politics and society, examine their topic more specifically within a Greek or Greek and Roman cultural framework.

All renowned scholars committed to bringing the fruits of their research to wider audiences, each author brings a distinctive new approach to his or her topic that differentiates them from the many books that exist on the ancient world. A major strength of the first group of books is their multicultural breadth, which is informative in its comprehensive embrace and provides numerous opportunities for comparative insights. Likewise, the books in the second group explore their topics in dramatically new ways: the inner life of male identity, the contributions of both women and men to the social polity, the ancient constructions of concepts of sexuality and eroticism.

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