Sex and Sensuality in the Ancient World
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Sex and Sensuality in the Ancient World by Giulia Sissa
Book DescriptionIn this important book Giulia Sissa looks at sensuality and sexual desire in the Greek, Roman and early Christian worlds, demonstrating how modern concepts of sexuality emerge from the practices and theories of the ancient world. In contrast to other recent scholars, Sissa emphasizes the centrality of heterosexual desire and passion in the classical period, arguing that the importance of homosexuality has been over-emphasized.Drawing widely on the literature and philosophy of the time, Sissa examines each culture in turn and challenges many of our assumptions. In particular, she draws a distinction between pleasure and desire in the ancient world, and analyses in detail the different ways in which men and women were seen to experience erotic feeling, looking closely at the portrayal of transgressive women such as Medea, Clytemnestra and Jocasta. Fresh, thoughtful and often provocative, this is a striking new analysis of the sexual attitudes that lay at the heart of the classical and post-classical world.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780300108804
(234mm x 156mm x 25mm)
Imprint: Yale University Press
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publish Date: 22-Jul-2008
Country of Publication: United States
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Author Biography - Giulia Sissa
Giulia Sissa is professor of classics at UCLA. Her other books include Greek Virginity, The Daily Life of the Greek Gods (with Marcel Detienne), Le Plaisir et le Mal: Philosophie de la drogue, and L'Ame Est un Corps de Femme. She divides her time among Los Angeles, Paris, and Venice.
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