By Jennifer Ingleheart

ISBN-10: 0199689725

ISBN-13: 9780199689729

a lot has been written concerning the contribution of historic Greece to fashionable discourses of homosexuality, yet Rome's major rôle has been mostly missed. historic Rome and the development of contemporary gay Identities explores the contested background of responses to Roman antiquity, masking components comparable 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 historical past of homosexuality by way of early activists akin to John Addington Symonds, who believed that Rome had corrupted perfect (and idealized) 'Greek love' via its decadence and sexual licentiousness. The volume's individuals additionally examine the
identification with Rome by means of women and men who've sought an alternate ancestry for his or her wants. the amount asks what it potential to appear to Rome rather than Greece, theorizes the best way Rome itself appropriates Greece, and explores the results of such appropriations and identifications, either old and smooth. From discovered 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 trendy pornographic motion pictures that linger at the our bodies of gladiators and slaves, Rome has been valuable to gay wants and stories. via interrogating the needs that create engagements with the classical earlier, the amount illuminates either classical reception and the
history of sexuality.

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