Rape in Antiquity. Sexual violence in the Greek and Roman worlds
edited by Susan Deacy and Karen F. Pierce
ISBN 0-7156-2754-6, hardback, ix+274 pp., b/w pls., 1997, GB £45.00
 

The editors of this volume, Susan Deacy and Karen F. Pierce, created at Cardiff a noted conference on rape in antiquity. This is their first editorial collaboration.

How did the Greeks and Roman perceive rape? How seriously was it taken, and who were seen as its main victims? The studies in this volume look at the social and legal realities of rape in the ancient world, and also at the numerous myths of rape which themselves may reflect real behaviour and attitudes. Modern readers, used to a discourse which focuses on the question of a woman's (or man's) consent to sexual activity and treats an unwilling partner as a victim worthy of sympathy, may find in ancient attitudes much that is disturbing.

 

CONTENTS
Preface
ATHENIAN LEGAL DISCOURSE
1. Regulating rape: soap operas and self-interest in the Athenian courts - Rosanna Omitowoju
2. Rape, adultery and protection of bloodlines in classical Athens - Daniel Ogden
GREEK MYTH
3. The vulnerability of Athena: parthenoi and rape in Greek myth - Susan Deacy
4. Bestiality and bestial rape in Greek myth - J.E. Robson
GREEK ART
5. State of the art - art of the State: sexual violence and politics in Late Archaic and Early Classical vase-painting - K.W. Arafat
6. Rape in early red-figure pottery: violence and threat in homo-erotic and hetero-erotic contexts -Martin Kilmer
GREEK AND ROMAN DRAMA
7. Fear in the Seven against Thebes - Lucy Byrne
8. The portrayal of rape in New Comedy - Karen F. Pierce
GREEK AND ROMAN HISTORIOGRAPHY
9. Herodotus and the ancient Greek idea of rape - Thomas Harrison
10. Rape and Livy's view of Roman history - James A. Arieti
BYZANTINE AND WESTERN MEDIEVAL WORLDS
11. Byzantine princesses and lustful Turks - Keith Hopwood
12. Classical paradigms of rape in the Middle Ages - Corinne J. Saunders
Index

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