By Jennifer Ingleheart

ISBN-10: 0199689725

ISBN-13: 9780199689729

a lot has been written in regards to the contribution of historic Greece to fashionable discourses of homosexuality, yet Rome's major rôle has been mostly ignored. old Rome and the development of contemporary gay Identities explores the contested background of responses to Roman antiquity, overlaying components similar to literature, the visible arts, pop culture, scholarship, and pornography. Essays by means of students operating throughout a few disciplines examine the
demonization of Rome and makes an attempt to put in writing it out of the background of homosexuality by means of early activists resembling John Addington Symonds, who believed that Rome had corrupted excellent (and idealized) 'Greek love' via its decadence and sexual licentiousness. The volume's members additionally examine the
identification with Rome via women and men who've sought another ancestry for his or her wants. the amount asks what it capability to seem to Rome rather than Greece, theorizes the best way Rome itself appropriates Greece, and explores the implications of such appropriations and identifications, either historic and glossy. From realized discussions of lesbian cunnilingus in Renaissance commentaries on Martial and Juvenal, to disgust on the sexual excesses of the emperors, to using Rome by
the early sexologists, to fashionable pornographic motion pictures that linger at the our bodies of gladiators and slaves, Rome has been valuable to gay wants and reviews. by means of interrogating the needs that create engagements with the classical prior, the quantity illuminates either classical reception and the
history of sexuality.

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