Among Women: From the Homosocial to the Homoerotic in the Ancient World

Paperback | October 15, 2008

EditorNancy Sorkin Rabinowitz, Lisa Auanger

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Women's and men's worlds were largely separate in ancient Mediterranean societies, and, in consequence, many women's deepest personal relationships were with other women. Yet relatively little scholarly or popular attention has focused on women's relationships in antiquity, in contrast to recent interest in the relationships between men in ancient Greece and Rome. The essays in this book seek to close this gap by exploring a wide variety of textual and archaeological evidence for women's homosocial and homoerotic relationships from prehistoric Greece to fifth-century CE Egypt.

Drawing on developments in feminist theory, gay and lesbian studies, and queer theory, as well as traditional textual and art historical methods, the contributors to this volume examine representations of women's lives with other women, their friendships, and sexual subjectivity. They present new interpretations of the evidence offered by the literary works of Sappho, Ovid, and Lucian; Bronze Age frescoes and Greek vase painting, funerary reliefs, and other artistic representations; and Egyptian legal documents.

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Women's and men's worlds were largely separate in ancient Mediterranean societies, and, in consequence, many women's deepest personal relationships were with other women. Yet relatively little scholarly or popular attention has focused on women's relationships in antiquity, in contrast to recent interest in the relationships between me...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:407 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:October 15, 2008Publisher:University Of Texas PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0292719469

ISBN - 13:9780292719460

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AbbreviationsAcknowledgments 1. Introduction Nancy Sorkin Rabinowitz2. Imag(in)ing a Women's World in Bronze Age Greece: The Frescoes from Xeste 3 at Akrotiri, Thera Paul Rehak3. Aphrodite Garlanded: Erôs and Poetic Creativity in Sappho and Nossis Marilyn B. Skinner4. Subjects, Objects, and Erotic Symmetry in Sappho's Fragments Ellen Greene5. Excavating Female Homoeroticism in Ancient Greece: The Evidence from Attic Vase Painting Nancy Sorkin Rabinowitz6. Women in Relief: "Double Consciousness" in Classical Attic Tombstones John G. Younger7. Glimpses through a Window: An Approach to Roman Female Homoeroticism through Art Historical and Literary Evidence Lisa Auanger8. Ovid's Iphis and Ianthe: When Girls Won't Be Girls Diane T. Pintabone9. Lucian's "Leaena and Clonarium": Voyeurism or a Challenge to Assumptions? Shelley P. Haley10. "Friendship and Physical Desire": The Discourse of Female Homoeroticism in Fifth-Century CE Egypt Terry G. WilfongWorks CitedNotes on ContributorsIndex

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This book is the most thorough account of female homoerotic materials from the ancient Mediterranean I have yet seen in English. . . . I can easily see it becoming a standard work on ancient female homoeroticism. - John S. Rundin, Assistant Professor of Classics, University of Texas at San Antonio