The Slave in Greece and Rome

Author: Jean Andreau,Raymond Descat

Publisher: Wisconsin Studies in Classics

ISBN: 9780299283742

Category: History

Page: 198

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Jean Andreau and Raymond Descat break new ground in this comparative history of slavery in Greece and Rome. Focusing on slaves' economic role in society, their crucial contributions to Greek and Roman culture, and their daily and family lives, the authors examine the different ways in which slavery evolved in the two cultures. Accessible to both scholars and students, this book provides a detailed overview of the ancient evidence and the modern debates surrounding the vast and largely invisible populations of enslaved peoples in the classical world.
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Greek Prostitutes in the Ancient Mediterranean, 800 BCE–200 CE

Author: Allison Glazebrook,Madeleine M. Henry

Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Press

ISBN: 0299235637

Category: History

Page: 324

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Greek Prostitutes in the Ancient Mediterranean, 800 BCE–200 CE challenges the often-romanticized view of the prostitute as an urbane and liberated courtesan by examining the social and economic realities of the sex industry in Greco-Roman culture. Departing from the conventional focus on elite society, these essays consider the Greek prostitute as displaced foreigner, slave, and member of an urban underclass. The contributors draw on a wide range of material and textual evidence to discuss portrayals of prostitutes on painted vases and in the literary tradition, their roles at symposia (Greek drinking parties), and their place in the everyday life of the polis. Reassessing many assumptions about the people who provided and purchased sexual services, this volume yields a new look at gender, sexuality, urbanism, and economy in the ancient Mediterranean world.
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Preaching Bondage

John Chrysostom and the Discourse of Slavery in Early Christianity

Author: Chris L. de Wet

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520961552

Category: Religion

Page: 331

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Preaching Bondage introduces and investigates the novel concept of doulology, the discourse of slavery, in the homilies of John Chrysostom, the late fourth-century priest and bishop. Chris L. de Wet examines the dynamics of enslavement in Chrysostom’s theology, virtue ethics, and biblical interpretation and shows that human bondage as a metaphorical and theological construct had a profound effect on the lives of institutional slaves. The highly corporeal and gendered discourse associated with slavery was necessarily central in Chrysostom’s discussions of the household, property, education, discipline, and sexuality. De Wet explores the impact of doulology in these contexts and disseminates the results in a new and highly anticipated language, bringing to light the more pervasive fissures between ancient Roman slaveholding and early Christianity. The corpus of Chrysostom’s public addresses provides much of the literary evidence for slavery in the fourth century, and De Wet’s convincing analysis is a groundbreaking contribution to studies of the social world in late antiquity.
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The Unbound God

Slavery and the Formation of Early Christian Thought

Author: Chris L. de Wet

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 1315513048

Category: History

Page: 178

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This volume examines the prevalence, function, and socio-political effects of slavery discourse in the major theological formulations of the late third to early fifth centuries AD, arguably the most formative period of early Christian doctrine. The question the book poses is this: in what way did the Christian theologians of the third, fourth, and early fifth centuries appropriate the discourse of slavery in their theological formulations, and what could the effect of this appropriation have been for actual physical slaves? This fascinating study is crucial reading for anyone with an interest in early Christianity or Late Antiquity, and slavery more generally.
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The Specter of Dido

Spenser and Virgilian Epic

Author: John Watkins

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300058833

Category: Poetry

Page: 208

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This book dismantles the stereotype of Spenser as one who blurs earlier epic traditions. John Watkins's examinations of Spenser's major poetry reveal a poet keenly attuned to dissonances among his classical, medieval, and early modern sources. By bringing Virgil into an intertextual dialogue with Chaucer, Ariosto, and Tasso, and several Neo-Latin commentators, Spenser transformed the most patriarchal of genres into a vehicle for praising the Virgin Queen.
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Choice

Publication of the Association of College and Research Libraries, a Division of the American Library Association

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Publisher: N.A

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Women in Roman Republican Drama

Author: Dorota Dutsch,Sharon L. James,David Konstan

Publisher: University of Wisconsin Pres

ISBN: 0299303144

Category: History

Page: 260

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About the role of women in Roman Republican plays of all genres, and about the role of gender in the influence of this on later dramatists
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Prostitutes and Courtesans in the Ancient World

Author: Christopher A. Faraone,Laura K. McClure

Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Press

ISBN: 9780299213138

Category: History

Page: 376

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Prostitutes and Courtesans in the Ancient World explores the implications of sex-for-pay across a broad span of time, from ancient Mesopotamia to the early Christian period. In ancient times, although they were socially marginal, prostitutes connected with almost every aspect of daily life. They sat in brothels and walked the streets; they paid taxes and set up dedications in religious sanctuaries; they appeared as characters—sometimes admirable, sometimes despicable—on the comic stage and in the law courts; they lived lavishly, consorting with famous poets and politicians; and they participated in otherwise all-male banquets and drinking parties, where they aroused jealousy among their anxious lovers. The chapters in this volume examine a wide variety of genres and sources, from legal and religious tracts to the genres of lyric poetry, love elegy, and comic drama to the graffiti scrawled on the walls of ancient Pompeii. These essays reflect the variety and vitality of the debates engendered by the last three decades of research by confronting the ambiguous terms for prostitution in ancient languages, the difficulty of distinguishing the prostitute from the woman who is merely promiscuous or adulterous, the question of whether sacred or temple prostitution actually existed in the ancient Near East and Greece, and the political and social implications of literary representations of prostitutes and courtesans.
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Selected Epigrams

Author: Martial

Publisher: University of Wisconsin Pres

ISBN: 0299301745

Category: History

Page: 189

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This lively translation accurately captures the wit and uncensored bawdiness of the epigrams of Martial, who satirized Roman society, both high and low, in the first century CE. The selections cover nearly a third of Martial s 1,500 or so epigrams, augmented by a historical introduction and informative notes."
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