Ancient Rome and the Construction of Modern Homosexual by Jennifer Ingleheart

By Jennifer Ingleheart

a lot has been written concerning the contribution of historic Greece to trendy discourses of homosexuality, yet Rome's major rôle has been mostly neglected. historic Rome and the development of contemporary gay Identities explores the contested background of responses to Roman antiquity, masking parts reminiscent of literature, the visible arts, pop culture, scholarship, and pornography. Essays through students operating throughout a few disciplines examine the
demonization of Rome and makes an attempt to jot down it out of the background of homosexuality by way of early activists comparable to John Addington Symonds, who believed that Rome had corrupted perfect (and idealized) 'Greek love' via its decadence and sexual licentiousness. The volume's individuals additionally examine the
identification with Rome by way of women and men who've sought an alternate ancestry for his or her wishes. the quantity asks what it capacity to appear to Rome rather than Greece, theorizes the way Rome itself appropriates Greece, and explores the results of such appropriations and identifications, either historic and smooth. 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 trendy pornographic motion pictures that linger at the our bodies of gladiators and slaves, Rome has been relevant to gay wishes and studies. by way of 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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