The Reign of the Phallus: Sexual Politics in Ancient Athens

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University of California Press, 27 апр. 1993 г. - Всего страниц: 477
At once daring and authoritative, this book offers a profusely illustrated history of sexual politics in ancient Athens.

The phallus was pictured everywhere in ancient Athens: painted on vases, sculpted in marble, held aloft in gigantic form in public processions, and shown in stage comedies. This obsession with the phallus dominated almost every aspect of public life, influencing law, myth, and customs, affecting family life, the status of women, even foreign policy.

This is the first book to draw together all the elements that made up the "reign of the phallus"—men's blatant claim to general dominance, the myths of rape and conquest of women, and the reduction of sex to a game of dominance and submission, both of women by men and of men by men.

In her elegant and lucid text Eva Keuls not only examines the ideology and practices that underlay the reign of the phallus, but also uncovers an intense counter-movement—the earliest expressions of feminism and antimilitarism.

Complementing the text are 345 reproductions of Athenian vase paintings. Some have been reproduced in a larger format and gathered in an appendix for easy reference and closer study. These revealing illustrations are a vivid demonstration that classical Athens was more sexually polarized and repressive of women than any other culture in Western history.

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Keuls’ book uses ancient Greek vases as a source for understanding the sexual politics of ancient Athens. She argues that Athens were a “phallocracy” in which phallic symbols dominated the life of the ... Читать весь отзыв

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Part archaeology, part mystery! Who's been breaking off the willies on the Herms in Ancient Athens? Keuls has an answer with compelling arguments. Oh, how I wish it were true! Chalk one up for the mad ... Читать весь отзыв


Military Expeditions Protest Lament and Scandal
Barren Goddesses Male Wombs and the Cult of Rape
The World Seen in the Shapes of Human Genitals
Bearing Children Watching the House
Brides of Death in More Ways Than One
A Good Buy in the Agora
The Whore with the Golden Heart the Happy Hooker and other Fictions
Replacing a Woman or Replacing a Son?
Learning to Be a Man Learning to Be a Woman
Sex Among the Barbarians
Weaving Mens Dream
Sex Antagonism and Womens Rituals
Protest in the Arts and on the Streets
Supplementary Bibliography

The Splitting of the Female Psyche
The Sex Appeal of Female Toil
The Concubine
Sources of Illustrations
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Eva C. Keuls is Classics Professor at the University of Minnesota, the author of many scholarly articles, and a recognized authority on both Greek literature and vase painting. She is a fellow of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.

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