Rape and the Politics of Consent in Classical Athens by Rosanna OmitowojuRape and the Politics of Consent in Classical Athens by Rosanna Omitowoju

Rape and the Politics of Consent in Classical Athens

byRosanna Omitowoju

Paperback | January 18, 2009

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Were acts of sex which we would call rape and regard as a criminal offence similarly regarded in classical Athens? That is the main question posed in this book, the first in-depth study of the topic ever to be undertaken. It considers the legal terminology for rape and discusses exactly what these different terms describe. It also examines literary stories where rape and/or seduction feature as plot devices and looks at different characters' responses to them. The book's presentation makes it accessible to a wider readership of non-classicists.
Title:Rape and the Politics of Consent in Classical AthensFormat:PaperbackDimensions:264 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.59 inPublished:January 18, 2009Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521100267

ISBN - 13:9780521100267


Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; List of abbreviations; Introduction; Part I. Regulating rape with words: rhetoric and respectability in the Athenian courts; Introduction: Athenian law in context; 1. Hubris: rape and shame; 2. Bia: rape and violence; 3. Moicheia: rape and adultery; 4. Women and status; Part II. Menander: propriety and transgression; Introduction: Menander in context; 5. Rape and recognition in Menander; 6. Rape and maintaining the status quo: citizenship, marriage, money and eros; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.

Editorial Reviews

"[This] book, for both content and methodology, will be of interest to historians, and anyone else concerned with issues of law, sexuality, gender, and civic identity." Phoenix