Combined Academic Publishers

Controlling Desires

9781477311455: Paperback
Release Date: 1st February 2018

Dimensions: 152 x 229

Number of Pages: 440

Edition: Revised Edition

University of Texas Press

Controlling Desires

Sexuality in Ancient Greece and Rome

Paperback / £22.99

"Comprehensive, reader-friendly, richly detailed, forthright, subtle, and very clear, Controlling Desires is the only handbook on ancient sexuality that works persistently to offset modern readers' assumptions about sex and sexuality, to challenge the notion that sexuality is natural and universal, and to bring out the differences between ancient and modern discourses of sex—or, even, between ancient and modern experiences of desire. As such, it is a very helpful resource for students working on the history of sexuality in classical antiquity, because it shows how such a history might be possible and what is actually historical about sexuality."
—David M. Halperin, University of Michigan, author of One Hundred Years of Homosexuality, Saint Foucault, and How to Do the History of Homosexuality

Since its first publication in 2009, Controlling Desires has been widely lauded as an accessible introduction to sexual practices, attitudes, and beliefs in the classical world. Treating Greece and Rome in separate sections, with ample cross-references and comparisons, Kirk Ormand presents a wide array of evidence from literary texts and visual arts, including two new chapters on Greek vase painting and Roman artifacts and wall paintings.

  • Figures
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. Homer, Hesiod, and Greek Lyric Poetry
  • 3. Sexual Roles and Sexual Rules in Classical Athens
  • 4. Sexuality in Greek Comedy
  • 5. Legal and Illegal Sex in Ancient Greece
  • 6. Philosophical Sex
  • 7. Greek Pots and Greek Sex
  • 8. Love and Sex in Hellenistic Poetry
  • 9. Rome and Roman Sex
  • 10. Roman Comic Sex
  • 11. Legal and Illegal Sex in Ancient Rome
  • 12. Roman Poetry about Love and Sex
  • 13. Excursus: Lesbians in Ovid’s Metamorphoses
  • 14. Roman Sex on the Walls and in Gardens: Artifacts and Images
  • 15. Imperial Sex: Nero and Seneca
  • 16. Sex in Satire and Invective Poetry
  • 17. Epilogue
  • Appendix 1. Timeline of Greek History and Culture
  • Appendix 2. Timeline of Roman History and Culture
  • Notes
  • Further Readings
  • Index

Kirk Ormand is a professor of classics at Oberlin College. His books include Exchange and the Maiden: Marriage in Sophoclean Tragedy and Ancient Sex: New Essays.

"Comprehensive, reader-friendly, richly detailed, forthright, subtle, and very clear, Controlling Desires is the only handbook on ancient sexuality that works persistently to offset modern readers’ assumptions about sex and sexuality, to challenge the notion that sexuality is natural and universal, and to bring out the differences between ancient and modern discourses of sex—or, even, between ancient and modern experiences of desire. As such, it is a very helpful resource for students working on the history of sexuality in classical antiquity, because it shows how such a history might be possible and what is actually historical about sexuality."

David Halperin, University of Michigan, author of One Hundred Years of Homosexuality, Saint Foucault, and How to Do the History of Homosexuality