By Nancy Sorkin Rabinowitz, Lisa Auanger
Women's and men's worlds have been principally separate in historical Mediterranean societies, and, as a result, many women's private own relationships have been with different girls. but fairly little scholarly or well known consciousness has inquisitive about women's relationships in antiquity, not like contemporary curiosity within the relationships among males in historical Greece and Rome. The essays during this booklet search to shut this hole by means of exploring a wide selection of textual and archaeological facts for women's homosocial and homoerotic relationships from prehistoric Greece to fifth-century CE Egypt. Drawing on advancements in feminist conception, homosexual and lesbian reviews, and queer idea, in addition to conventional textual and paintings old equipment, the members to this quantity study representations of women's lives with different girls, their friendships, and sexual subjectivity. They current new interpretations of the proof provided via the literary works of Sappho, Ovid, and Lucian; Bronze Age frescoes and Greek vase portray, funerary reliefs, and different creative representations; and Egyptian felony records. Nancy Sorkin Rabinowitz is Margaret Bundy Scott Professor of Comparative Literature at Hamilton collage, the place she additionally coordinates the Kirkland venture for the learn of Gender, Society, and tradition. Lisa Auanger is an editor of the Bibliography of the historical past of paintings on the Getty examine Institute.
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Pandora: Women in Classical Greece (Baltimore: Walters Art Gallery, in association with Princeton UP, 1995). Several volumes on sexuality and visual representation in antiquity have come out recently, but these pay little or no attention to women’s relations to women: Ann KoloskiOstrow and Claire L. d. 250 (Berkeley: U of California P, 1998). Martin Kilmer, Greek Erotica on Attic Red-Figure Vases (London: Duckworth, 1993), is an exception in that he presents an extensive discussion of imagery, including female homoeroticism, but he focuses exclusively on the physical aspects of the erotic.
If a man had to be sexually active to be acceptably masculine in ancient societies, what did that mean about women who desired other women? Would such a woman necessarily have been considered masculine? Was there a place for active feminine sexual desire for other women? The growth of queer theory provides a constructionist model that can be helpful for the study of ancient women’s sexuality. 94 What does it mean to call Sappho or any ancient Greek woman a lesbian, beyond the geographic denotation?
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Among Women: From the Homosocial to the Homoerotic in the Ancient World by Nancy Sorkin Rabinowitz, Lisa Auanger