Sex: Vice and Love from Antiquity to Modernity examines the impact that sexual fantasies about the classical world have had on modern Western culture. * Offers a wealth of information on sex in the Greek and Roman world * Correlates the study of classical sexuality with modern Western cultures * Identifies key influential themes in the evolution of erotic discourse from antiquity to modernity * Presents a serious and thought-provoking topic with great accessibility
Alastair J. L. Blanshard is a senior lecturer in Classics & Ancient History at the University of Sydney. He is the author of Hercules: A Heroic Life (2005).
List of Illustrations ix Preface xi Part I Roman Vice 1 1 Introduction 3 2 Naked Bodies 7 An Introduction (less than successful) to the Naked Body 7 The Naked Body in Greece 14 Naked Romans 21 The Love of Art and the Art of Love 28 3 Obscene Texts 34 Illustrating the Unspeakable 34 Talking Dirty 40 4 Erotic Rites 48 The Myth of the Orgy 48 Locating the Erotic in Roman Religion 55 5 Imperial Biography 65 The Private Lives of the Caesars 65 Explaining Roman Gossip Culture 79 Part II Greek Love 89 6 Introduction 91 What is 'Greek Love'? Scenes from a Courtroom I 92 7 Greece 97 The Loves of Hellas 97 The Platonic Vision 99 8 Rome and the West 109 Greece under Rome and Rome under Greece 109 Greek Love Burns Briefly, but Brightly 119 9 Renaissance and Enlightenment 124 Giving Birth in the Beautiful 124 The Pursuit of Love 135 10 Nineteenth Century and Beyond 143 Greek Love Triumphant 143 Sapphic Love 149 A Mixed Legacy: Greek Love in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries 159 11 Epilogue 164 Scenes from a Courtroom II 164 Notes and Further Reading 166 Bibliography 190 Index 205