The Priapus Poems

Author: Richard Walter Hooper
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
ISBN: 9780252067525
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The Priapus Poems from the Author: Richard Walter Hooper. "Unmistakable by virtue of his exaggerated phallus, Priapus-one of Rome's minor fertility gods-inspired a host of epigrammatic poems that offer one of the best primary sources For The study of ancient sexuality.Despite their apparent frivolity, The Priapus poems raise basic questions of class and gender, censorship, And The nature of obscenity. The god's self-conscious indecency placed him squarely in the realm of comedy, but his role as guardian of fertility also gave him a deep religious significance. Richard Hooper's introduction explores this important duality and places the poems in their historical context.Essentially graffiti clothed in the refined forms of classical poetry,The Priapus Poemsoffers the reader ""a trip to Coney Island in a Rolls Royce."" Hooper's lively translation makes these playful poems available For The first time To The nonspecialist in an appealing, elegant, and readable version. This edition includes the original Latin texts as well as a commentary on classical references and textual problems."

The Ethics Of Obscene Speech In Early Christianity And Its Environment

Author: Jeremy F. Hultin
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 904743367X
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The Ethics Of Obscene Speech In Early Christianity And Its Environment from the Author: Jeremy F. Hultin. This book examines the earliest Christian comments about foul language, situating them in their historical context by means of a broad survey of ancient uses of and views about obscene speech.

Ancient Obscenities

Author: Dorota Dutsch
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
ISBN: 0472119648
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Ancient Obscenities from the Author: Dorota Dutsch. References to the body s sexual and excretory functions occupy a peculiarly ambivalent space in Greece and Rome "

Holy Sh T

Author: Melissa Mohr
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199742677
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Holy Sh T from the Author: Melissa Mohr. A humorous, trenchant and fascinating examination of how Western culture's taboo words have evolved over the millennia

Crucifixion In The Mediterranean World

Author: John Granger Cook
Publisher: Mohr Siebeck
ISBN: 9783161531248
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Crucifixion In The Mediterranean World from the Author: John Granger Cook. "To understand the phenomenon of Roman crucifixion, the author argues that one should begin with an investigation of the evidence from Latin texts and inscriptions (such as the lex Puteolana [the law of Puteoli]) supplemented by what may be learned from the surviving archaeological material (e.g., the Arieti fresco of a man on a patibulum [horizontal beam], the Puteoli and Palatine graffiti of crucifixion, the crucifixion nail in the calcaneum bone from Jerusalem, and the Pereire gem of the crucified Jesus [III CE]). This evidence clarifies the precise meaning of terms such as patibulum and crux (vertical beam or cross), which in turn illuminate the Greek terms [e.g.,stauros, stauroo, and anastauroo] and texts that describe crucifixion or penal suspension. It is of fundamental importance that Greek texts be read against the background of Latin texts and Roman historical practice. The author traces the use of the penalty by the Romans until its probable abolition by Constantine and its eventual transformation into the Byzantine punishment by the furca (the fork), a form of penal suspension that resulted in immediate death (a penalty illustrated by the sixth century Vienna Greek codex of Genesis). Cook does not neglect the legal sources -- including the question of the permissibility of the crucifixion of Roman citizens and the crimes for which one could be crucified. In addition to the Latin and Greek authors, texts in Hebrew and Aramaic that refer to penal suspension and crucifixion are examined. Brief attention is given to crucifixion in the Islamic world and to some modern forms of penal suspension including haritsuke (with two photographs), a penalty closely resembling crucifixion that was used in Tokugawan Japan. The material contributes to the understanding of the crucifixion of Jesus and has implications for the theologies of the cross in the New Testament. The relevant ancient images are included"--

Sex In The Ancient World From A To Z

Author: John Younger
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134547021
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Sex In The Ancient World From A To Z from the Author: John Younger. In this fascinating and revealing A-to-Z, John G. Younger examines the sexual practices, expressions and attitudes of the Greeks and Romans, from Catullus and Caligula, to orgies and obscenity, and from abstinence and incest, to pederasty and prostitution. The book opens with an overview of current thinking on ancient sex and sexuality, and goes on to provide an extraordinarily wide coverage of a sexual culture so very different from our own, approaching the subject from the perspectives of literature, history, archaeology and art. Comprehensive, reliable and eye-opening, this A-to-Z illuminates an important aspect of the classical world. For those who want to take their reading further, there are numerous references to ancient sources and modern scholarship, as well as a separate section of works of art. This is an ideal introduction to and exploration of sex in the ancient world for readers at every level.


Author: Jonathan R. W. Prag
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118556631
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Petronius from the Author: Jonathan R. W. Prag. Petronius: A Handbook unravels the mysteries of the Satyrica, one of the greatest literary works that antiquity has bequeathed to the modern world. Includes a dozen original essays by a team of leading Petronius and Roman history scholars Features the first multi-dimensional approach to Satyricon studies by exploring the novel's literary structure, social and historic contexts, and modern reception Supplemented by illustrations, plot outline, glossary, map, bibliography, and suggestions for further reading

The Sex Of Men In Premodern Europe

Author: Patricia Simons
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107004918
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The Sex Of Men In Premodern Europe from the Author: Patricia Simons. A richly textured cultural history that investigates the characterization of the sex of adult male bodies before the Enlightenment.


Author: Christina Clark
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
ISBN: 0472119591
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Kinesis from the Author: Christina Clark. Donald Lateiner, in his groundbreaking work The Sardonic Smile, presented the first thorough study of nonverbal behavior in Homeric epics, drawing a significant distinction between ancient and modern gesture and demonstrating the intrinsic relevance of this “silent language” to psychological, social, and anthropological studies of the ancient world. Using Lateiner’s work as a touchstone, the scholars in Kinesis analyze the depiction of emotions, gestures, and other nonverbal cues in ancient Greek and Roman texts and consider the precise language used to depict them. Individual contributors examine genres ranging from historiography and epic to tragedy, philosophy, and vase decoration. They explore evidence as disparate as Pliny’s depiction of animal emotions, Plato’s presentation of Aristophanes’ hiccups, and Thucydides’ use of verb tenses. Sophocles’ deployment of silence is considered, as are Lucan’s depiction of death and the speaking objects of the medieval Alexander Romance. This collection will be valuable to scholars studying Greek and Roman society and literature, as well as to those who study the imitation of ancient literature in later societies. Jargon is avoided and all passages in ancient languages are translated, making this volume accessible to advanced undergraduates. Contributors in addition to the volume editors include Jeffrey Rusten, Rosaria Vignolo Munson, Hans-Peter Stahl, Carolyn Dewald, Rachel Kitzinger, Deborah Boedeker, Daniel P. Tompkins, John Marincola, Carolin Hahnemann, Ellen Finkelpearl, Hanna M. Roisman, Eliot Wirshbo, James V. Morrison, Bruce Heiden, Daniel B. Levine, and Brad L. Cook.

The Satires Of Horace

Author: A. M. Juster
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
ISBN: 0812222091
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The Satires Of Horace from the Author: A. M. Juster. The Roman philosopher and dramatic critic Quintus Horatius Flaccus (65-3 B.C.), known in English as Horace, was also the most famous lyric poet of his age. Written in the troubled decade ending with the establishment of Augustus's regime, his Satires provide trenchant social commentary on men's perennial enslavement to money, power, fame, and sex. Not as frequently translated as his Odes, in recent decades the Satires have been rendered into prose or bland verse. Horace continues to influence modern lyric poetry, and our greatest poets continue to translate and marvel at his command of formal style, his economy of expression, his variety, and his mature humanism. Horace's comic genius has also had a profound influence on the Western literary tradition through such authors as Swift, Pope, and Boileau, but interest in the Satires has dwindled due to the difficulty of capturing Horace's wit and formality with the techniques of contemporary free verse. A. M. Juster's striking new translation relies on the tools and spirit of the English light verse tradition while taking care to render the original text as accurately as possible.