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Homosexuality & civilization

Author: Louis Crompton
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : The Belknap Press of Harvard University, 2006. ©2003
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First Harvard University Press paperback editionView all editions and formats
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"How have, major civilizations of the last two millennia treated people who were attracted to their own sex? In a narrative tour de force, Louis Crompton chronicles the lives and achievements of homosexual men and women alongside a darker history of persecution. Sweeping in scope, elegantly crafted, and lavishly illustrated, this is a stunning exploration of a rich and terrible past. Book jacket."--Jacket.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Louis Crompton
ISBN: 067401197X 9780674011977 0674022335 9780674022331
OCLC Number: 727025329
Description: xv, 623 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
Contents: Early Greece: 776-480 BCE : A millennium of Greek love ; Homer's Iliad ; Crete, Sparta, Chalcis ; Athletics and the cult of beauty ; Sappho ; Alcaeus, Ibycus, Anacreon ; Theognis of Megara ; Athen's rulers ; The Tyrannicides --
Judea: 900 BCE-600 CE : The judgment of Leviticus ; The threat to population ; Sodom's gold ; Who were the Kedeshim? ; Philo of Alexandria ; The Talmud --
Classical Greece: 480-323 BCE : Pindar's odes ; Greek tragedy ; Phidias ; The comedies of Aristophanes ; Plato's Symposium ; The Phaedrus and the Laws ; Xenophon ; Aristotle's Dicta ; Zeno and the stoics ; Aechines' Against Timarchus ; The sacred band of Thebes ; Philip and Alexander --
Rome and Greece: 323 BCE-138 CE : Sexuality and empire ; Cicero and Roman politics ; Greek love in the Aeneid ; Meleager and Callimachus ; Catullus and Tibullus ; Theocritus and "Corydon" ; Horace ; Ovid's myths ; Lesbianism ; Petronius' Satyricon ; Suetonius and the emperors ; Statius, Martial, Juvenal ; Hadrian and Antinous --
Christians and pagans: 1-565 CE : The Gospels ; Intertestamental Judaism and Paul ; "Moses" and the early church ; Greek love in late antiquity ; Plutarch's dialogue on love ; The Lucianic "affairs of the heart" ; Two romances and an epic ; Roman law before Constantine ; The Edicts of 342 and 390 ; Sodom transformed ; Saint John Chrysostom ; The persecutions of Justinian --
Darkness descends: 476-1049 : The fall of Rome ; Visigothic Spain ; Church councils and penitentials ; The Carolingian panic ; Love in Arab Spain ; The growth of canon law ; The Book of Gomorrah --
Medieval world: 1050-1321 : The fortunes of Ganymede ; Scandal in high places ; The theological assault ; The Inquisition and its allies ; The fate of the Templars ; Secular laws: the sowing ; The harvest begins ; Poets for the prosecution ; Dante's admirable sinners --
Imperial China: 500 BCE-1849 : A peach, a fish, a sleeve ; The Han emperors ; Taoism, Confucianism, Buddhism ; Poets and lovers ; From Tang to Song ; Ming China: the west reacts ; Feng Menglong's Anatomy of love ; Fiction and drama ; The Qing dynasty ; The Peking stage --
Italy in the Renaissance: 1321-1609 : A new ethos and old ; Repression in the Italian city states ; Death in Venice ; Florence: the price of love ; Donatello, Botticelli, Leonardo ; Michelangelo: love, art, and guilt ; Sodoma and Cellini ; Rome and Caravaggio --
Spain and the Inquisition: 1497-1700 : The Spanish Inquisition ; Subcultures in Valencia and Madrid ; The Inquisition in Portugal ; Spain and the New World --
France from Calvin to Louis XIV: 1517-1715 : Outings, Protestant and Catholic ; Calvinism and repression ; Henry III and the "Mignons" ; The poets' revolt ; Louis XIII, "The Just" ; Monsieur and Madame ; Six generals ; Les Lesbiennes ; Queen Christina --
England from the Reformation to William III: 1533-1702 : Silence and denial ; Monasteries and the law ; Elizabethan literature ; Christopher Marlow ; The tragedy of Edward II ; Shakespeare's sonnets ; James VI and I ; Francis Bacon ; Puritanism and the Restoration ; Between women ; William III in England --
Pre-Meiji Japan: 800-1868 : Europe discovers Japan ; The Buddhist priesthood ; Samurai and Shoguns ; No drama and kabuki ; A debate and an anthology ; Saikaku's Great mirror ; Tokugawa finale --
Patterns of persecution: 1700-1730 : Policing Paris ; "Reforming Britain ; Souls in exile ; Witch hunt in the Netherlands --
Sapphic lovers: 1700-1793 : Law and religion ; Romance and innuendo ; A nun and an actress ; An ill-fated queen --
The Enlightenment: 1730-1810 : Montesquieu and Beccaria ; Frederick the Great ; The vagaries of Voltaire ; Diderot and Sade ; Toward reform ; Bentham vs. Blackstone --
Conclusion.
Other Titles: Homosexuality and civilization
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