The Constraints of Desire: The Anthropology of Sex and Gender in Ancient Greece

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Routledge, Feb 1, 2013 - History - 282 pages
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For centuries, classical scholars have intensely debated the "position of women" in classical Athens. Did women have a vast but informal power, or were they little better than slaves? Using methods developed from feminist anthropology, Winkler steps back from this narrowly framed question and puts it in the larger context of how sex and gender in ancient Greece were culturally constructed. His innovative approach uncovers the very real possibilities for female autonomy that existed in Greek society.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Andres
15
Reading Against the Grain
99
Gunaikes
127
Appendix One Translation of Artemidoros 17880
210
Appendix Two Phusis and Natura Meaning Genitals
217

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John J. Winkler was formerly affiliated with Stanford University.

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