The Seduction of the Mediterranean: Writing, Art, and Homosexual Fantasy

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SEX AND SOCIETY IN THE EUROPEAN MEDITERRANEAN

Greek, Roman and Renaissance

THE STUDY OF ‘HOMOSEXUALITY’

Gay studies, or the study of homosexuality, is a relatively new field, but it has attracted increasing interest and produced research with implications outside its specialised province. 1 Scholars from various disciplines have been drawn to gay studies, and cross-fertilisation of methodologies and the use of different sources have led to new theories about homosexuality, homosociality and homoeroticism, as well as insights into the general subject of sex and society. 2 The ancient world provides a particularly significant domain for such studies, since Antiquity is considered the fount of Western civilisation and because of the permutations of sexual and affectational relationships which were the norm in classical Athens and Rome. Among the varieties in sexual behaviour characteristic of classical culture was a widely practised and socially acceptable type of ‘homosexuality’. 3

The study of homosexuality was until very recent times taboo. According to an eminent contemporary scholar of the ancient world, the author of a pioneering study of Greek Homosexuality, Kenneth Dover: ‘I know of no topic in classical studies on which a scholar’s normal ability to perceive differences and draw inferences is so easily impaired.’ Many writers displayed embarrassed ambivalence on the subject, caught between ‘a combination of love of Athens [mixed] with hatred of homosexuality’; some were outright homophobes. 4 A number ignored sex, especially ‘homosexuality’, altogether, while others explained it away as purely ‘Platonic love’ without physical expression. Particularly in the prudish nineteenth century, teachers skipped over indelicate passages in classical texts, and publishers printed versions suitably expurgated of sexual references. 5 Yet the sexual practices of the Greeks and Romans were well known both to specialists and, to a certain extent, to students, as the classics provided the basis for a gentleman’s education at Oxford and Cambridge, at the Sorbonne and at German universities. Classical ‘homosexuality’ was especially evident to educated men who were themselves attracted to their

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Illustrations viii
  • Preface ix
  • Introduction 1
  • 1 - Sex and Society in the European Mediterranean 13
  • 2 - Winckelmann and Platen 41
  • 3 - Englishmen in Southern Europe 69
  • 4 - Following in the Footsteps 101
  • 5 - Mediterranean Men in Art and Photography 136
  • 6 - The Social and Historical Context 162
  • 7 - Contemporary Echoes 186
  • Conclusion 217
  • Bibliographical Essay 225
  • Notes 229
  • Index 256
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