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By Nancy Sorkin Rabinowitz, Lisa Auanger

Women's and men's worlds have been principally separate in historic Mediterranean societies, and, consequently, many women's private own relationships have been with different girls. but rather little scholarly or well known cognizance has serious about women's relationships in antiquity, unlike fresh curiosity within the relationships among males in old Greece and Rome. The essays during this e-book search to shut this hole through 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 idea, homosexual and lesbian experiences, and queer concept, in addition to conventional textual and paintings ancient tools, the individuals to this quantity research representations of women's lives with different girls, their friendships, and sexual subjectivity. They current new interpretations of the proof provided by way of the literary works of Sappho, Ovid, and Lucian; Bronze Age frescoes and Greek vase portray, funerary reliefs, and different inventive representations; and Egyptian criminal records. Nancy Sorkin Rabinowitz is Margaret Bundy Scott Professor of Comparative Literature at Hamilton university, 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 background of artwork on the Getty examine Institute.

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1, The Fabrication of Ancient Greece 1785 –1985 (New Brunswick: Rutgers UP, 1987), particularly chs. 7 and 8. On Victorian ideas of Greece, especially the formation of the ruling class, see Frank M. Turner, The Greek Heritage in Victorian Britain (New Haven: Yale UP, 1981) 5, 8; and Richard Jenkyns, The Victorians and Ancient Greece (Cambridge, MA: Harvard UP, 1980) esp. 63, 65; cf. Bernal, Black Athena, 282, 288, on Germany. 20. Studies on Homer and the Homeric Age, Vol. 1 (Oxford: Oxford UP, 1858) 5; cf.

26 • A m o n g Wo m e n 12. In Hesiod’s Theogony 115 –123, Eros is a creative force, emerging in the beginning before the other gods and making possible heterosexual reproduction, but he is also anthropomorphized as Aphrodite’s attendant; for a recent study, see Claude Calame, The Poetics of Eros in Ancient Greece, trans. Janet Lloyd (1992; Princeton: Princeton UP, 1999). It is possible to see Eros as asexual; for instance, in contrast to the satyrs he is never ithyphallic (François Lissarrague, Seminar on Eros, Centre Louis Gernet, March 22, 2000).

Thanks to François Lissarrague for bringing this review to my attention; the translation is mine. s. 10 (1991): 327. 6. For recent summaries of the problem, see Lisa Nevett, House and Society in the Ancient Greek World (Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1999); Sarah Pomeroy, Families in Classical and Hellenistic Greece: Representations and Realities (Oxford: Clarendon P, 1997) 12 –16. 7. Jane Snyder, The Woman and the Lyre: Women Writers in Classical Greece and Rome (Carbondale: Southern Illinois UP, 1989); Marilyn Skinner, “Nossis The¯lyglo¯ssos: The Private Text and the Public Book,” in Sarah B.

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