By Jennifer Ingleheart
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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