Deacy 2002 Rape

Title Information

Editors: Susan Deacy and Karen F. Pierce

Title: Rape in Antiquity

Subtitle: Sexual Violence in the Greek and Roman Worlds

Place: London

Publisher: Gerald Duckworth & Co. Ltd.

Year: 2002

Pages: xiv + 274pp.

ISBN-10: 0715631470 – 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: »This collection of 12 original essays provides an overview of how Greeks and Romans perceived the phenomenon of rape. Using the numerous references to rape in Greek legal speeches, comedy, tragedy, visual art and myth, the authors assess the degree of seriousness with which rape was taken and who was seen as its main victims. They also consider whether the numerous Greek and Roman myths that involve rape reflect real-life behaviour and attitudes. Modern readers, used to a discourse which focuses on the question of woman's (or man's) consent to sexual activity, and which treats an unwilling partner as a sympathetic victim, may find in ancient attitudes much that is disturbing. The book should be of interest to students of women's history, ancient history and classical myth.« (Source: Amazon)

Edition: Deacy, Susan, et al. eds. Rape in Antiquity: Sexual Violence in the Greek and Roman Worlds. London 1997.

Wikipedia: History of rape, Sexuality in ancient Rome

Added: May 17, 2014 | Last updated: May 17, 2014