Ancient Rome and the Construction of Modern Homosexual by Jennifer Ingleheart

By Jennifer Ingleheart

a lot has been written in regards to the contribution of old Greece to trendy discourses of homosexuality, yet Rome's major rôle has been mostly neglected. historic Rome and the development of recent gay Identities explores the contested heritage of responses to Roman antiquity, overlaying components equivalent to literature, the visible arts, pop culture, scholarship, and pornography. Essays via students operating throughout a couple of disciplines examine the
demonization of Rome and makes an attempt to write down it out of the historical past of homosexuality by means of early activists similar to 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 an alternate ancestry for his or her wants. the quantity asks what it ability 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 old and sleek. 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 relevant to gay wishes and reviews. via interrogating the wishes that create engagements with the classical previous, the amount illuminates either classical reception and the
history of sexuality.

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