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 fashionable discourses of homosexuality, yet Rome's major rôle has been principally missed. old Rome and the development of contemporary gay Identities explores the contested historical past of responses to Roman antiquity, protecting parts comparable 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 through early activists resembling John Addington Symonds, who believed that Rome had corrupted excellent (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 wishes. the amount asks what it potential to appear to Rome rather than Greece, theorizes the best way Rome itself appropriates Greece, and explores the implications of such appropriations and identifications, either historic and glossy. From realized 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 fashionable pornographic motion pictures that linger at the our bodies of gladiators and slaves, Rome has been important to gay wishes and studies. through interrogating the needs that create engagements with the classical prior, the quantity illuminates either classical reception and the
history of sexuality.

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