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By Jennifer Ingleheart

a lot has been written in regards to the contribution of historic Greece to fashionable discourses of homosexuality, yet Rome's major rôle has been principally ignored. historical Rome and the development of recent gay Identities explores the contested heritage of responses to Roman antiquity, overlaying components equivalent to literature, the visible arts, pop culture, scholarship, and pornography. Essays through students operating throughout a couple of disciplines examine the
demonization of Rome and makes an attempt to write down it out of the heritage of homosexuality through early activists corresponding to John Addington Symonds, who believed that Rome had corrupted excellent (and idealized) 'Greek love' via its decadence and sexual licentiousness. The volume's members additionally examine the
identification with Rome via women and men who've sought another ancestry for his or her wants. the quantity asks what it potential to appear to Rome rather than Greece, theorizes the way Rome itself appropriates Greece, and explores the implications of such appropriations and identifications, either historic and glossy. From discovered 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 fashionable pornographic movies that linger at the our bodies of gladiators and slaves, Rome has been imperative to gay wishes and reports. by way of interrogating the needs that create engagements with the classical earlier, the quantity illuminates either classical reception and the
history of sexuality.

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