Ancient Rome and the Construction of Modern Homosexual Identities

Hardcover | November 18, 2015

EditorJennifer Ingleheart

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Much has been written about the contribution of ancient Greece to modern discourses of homosexuality, but Rome's significant role has been largely overlooked. Ancient Rome and the Construction of Modern Homosexual Identities explores the contested history of responses to Roman antiquity,covering areas such as literature, the visual arts, popular culture, scholarship, and pornography. Essays by scholars working across a number of disciplines analyse the demonization of Rome and attempts to write it out of the history of homosexuality by early activists such as John AddingtonSymonds, who believed that Rome had corrupted ideal (and idealized) "Greek love" through its decadence and sexual licentiousness. The volume's contributors also investigate the identification with Rome by men and women who have sought an alternative ancestry for their desires. The volume asks what it means to look to Rome instead of Greece, theorizes the way in which Rome itself appropriates Greece, and explores theconsequences of such appropriations and identifications, both ancient and modern. From learned discussions of lesbian cunnilingus in Renaissance commentaries on Martial and Juvenal, to disgust at the sexual excesses of the emperors, to the use of Rome by the early sexologists, to modern pornographicfilms that linger on the bodies of gladiators and slaves, Rome has been central to homosexual desires and experiences. By interrogating the desires that create engagements with the classical past, the volume illuminates both classical reception and the history of sexuality.

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Much has been written about the contribution of ancient Greece to modern discourses of homosexuality, but Rome's significant role has been largely overlooked. Ancient Rome and the Construction of Modern Homosexual Identities explores the contested history of responses to Roman antiquity,covering areas such as literature, the visual art...

Jennifer Ingleheart is Senior Lecturer in Classics at Durham University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:384 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 1.13 inPublished:November 18, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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AcknowledgementsList of IllustrationsList of AbbreviationsList of ContributorsJennifer Ingleheart: Introduction: Romosexuality: Rome, Homosexuality, Reception1. Marc D. Schachter: Lesbian Philology in Early Print Commentaries on Juvenal and Martial2. Jennifer Ingleheart: The Invention of (Thracian) Homosexuality: the Ovidian Orpheus in the English Renaissance3. Matthew Fox: Winckelmann's Legacy: Aesthetics, Decorum, and the Hellenization of Rome in the Eighteenth Century Reception of Homosexuality4. Sebastian Matzner: 'Of that I know many examples ...': On the Relationship of Greek Theory and Roman Practices in Karl Heinrich Ulrichs' Writings on the Third Sex5. Jana Funke and Rebecca Langlands: The Reception of Rome in English Sexology6. Daniel Orrells: Roman Receptions/Receptions of Rome: Walter Pater's Marius the Epicurean7. Jennifer Ingleheart: Putting the Roman Back into Romance: The Subversive Case of the Anonymous Teleny8. Nikolai Endres: Sex and the City: Petronius' Satyrica and Gore Vidal's The City and the Pillar9. Craig Williams: Roman Homosexuality in Historical Fiction from Robert Graves to Steven Saylor10. Sarah Levin-Richardson: 'Gay' Pompeii: Pompeian Art and Homosexuality in the Early Twentieth Century11. Jennifer Grove: The Role of Roman Artefacts in E. P. Warren's 'Paederastic Evangel'12. Caroline Vout: Rom(e)-antic Visions: Collecting, Display and Homosexual Self-fashioning13. Alastair J. L. Blanshard: The Erotic Eye: Cinema, Classicism, and the Sexual Subject14. Ralph J. Hexter: The Kisses of Juventius and Policing the Boundaries of Masculinity: The Case of Catullus15. Craig Williams: 'Too Gross for Our Present Notions of Propriety': Roman Homosexuality in Two Nineteenth-century Translations of Martial's EpigramsReferencesGeneral IndexIndex of Classical Authors Cited