Deacy 1997 Rape

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Editors: Susan Deacy and Karen F. Pierce

Title: Rape in Antiquity

Subtitle: Sexual Violence in the Greek and Roman Worlds

Place: London

Publisher: Duckworth in association with the Classical Press of Wales

Year: 1997

Pages: x + 274pp.

ISBN-10: 0715627546 – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome, Byzantine History

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Editors: Susan Deacy, Department of Humanities, University of


  Preface (p. vii)
Athenian Legal Discourse
  1. Regulating rape: soap operas and self-interest in the Athenian courts (p. 1)
Rosanna Omitowoju
  2. Rape, adultery and the protection of bloodlines in classical Athens (p. 25)
Daniel Ogden
Greek Myth
  3. The vulnerability of Athena: parthenoi and rape in Greek myth (p. 43)
Susan Deacy
  4. Bestiality and bestial rape in Greek myth (p. 65)
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 (p. 97)
K.W. Arafat
  6. Rape in early red-figure pottery: violence and threat in homo-erotic and hetero-erotic contexts (p. 123)
Martin Kilmer
Greek and Roman Drama
  7. Fear in the Seven Against Thebes (p. 143)
Lucy Byrne
  8. The portrayal of rape in New Comedy (p. 163)
Karen F. Pierce
Greek and Roman historiography
  9. Herodotus and the ancient Greek idea of rape (p. 185)
Thomas Harrison
  10. Rape and Livy's view of Roman history (p. 209)
James A. Arieti
Byzantine and western medieval worlds
  11. Byzantine princesses and lustful Turks (p. 231)
Keith Hopwood
  12. Classical paradigms of rape in the Middle Ages (p. 243)
Corinne Saunders
  Index (p. 267)

Description: »How did the Greeks and Romans perceive rape? How seriously was it taken, and who were seen as its main victims? The leading classical scholars who have contributed to 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 behavior and attitudes. Modern readers, used to a discourse which focuses on the question of consent to sexual activity and treats an unwilling partner as a victim worthy of sympathy, may find in ancient attitudes much that is disturbing. "Rape in Antiquity" covers topics arranged under six main headings: Athenian legal discourse; Greek myth; Greek art; Greek and Roman drama; Greek and Roman historiography; and Byzantine and Western medieval worlds.« (Source: Amazon)

Edition: Deacy, Susan, et al. eds. Rape in Antiquity: Sexual Violence in the Greek and Roman Worlds. London 2002.


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