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The Greeks and Greek love : a radical reappraisal of homosexuality in Ancient Greece

Author: James Davidson
Publisher: London : Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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James Davidson uses a wide variety of sources - court cases, romantic novels, satirical plays and poems - to present a view of the subject that stresses the humanity of the ancient Greeks, and how they lived their loves and pleasures, rather than their moral codes and the theorising of philosophers.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James Davidson
ISBN: 9780297819974 0297819976
OCLC Number: 70671564
Description: xvi, 634 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Part I : The Greeks had words for it --
Eros in love --
Grace, sex and favours --
Age-classes, love-rules and corrupting the young --
Part II : Sodomania --
Sexing up the Greeks --
Sex versus homosexuality --
Language as a mirror of the world --
Part III : Greek love and Greek religions --
Ganymede rising --
Noonday Phaedrus. Cephalus at dawn --
Pelops and Hyacinthus at new year --
Part IV : Men of war --
Achilles and Heracles --
Crete and Sparta --
The secrets of Elis, the sacred band and Alexander : regional variations --
Syzygies --
Part V : Eros off-duty --
Sappho, Samos and the tomb of the diver : lyrics of Greek love --
Words and pictures : the Athenian system --
The fourth century : politics and the professionals --
Conclusion : a map of Greek love.
Other Titles: Greeks & Greek love :
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A radical reappraisal of homosexuality in Ancient Greece, the first full-scale book on the subject in English since 1978, by a young historian described as 'the best thing to happen to ancient  Read more...
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'This is an excellent book on an important subject.' -- Oswyn Murray LITERARY REVIEW 'a picture of sexuality among the ancient Greeks which is both familiar in some respects and radically new... Read more...

 
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