The classical origins of modern homophobia /
- Publication info:
- Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, c2006.
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- The classical origins of modern homophobia / Robert H. Allen.
- Main Author:
- Allen, Robert H. 1949- (Robert Howard),
Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, 2006
"Male homosexuality occupied something of an honorable position in ancient Greece. But by the end of the Roman period several centuries later, it could be punishable by death. This work investigates how such a shift in attitude occurred. Beginning with the earliest documented instance of homophobia in the teachings of Pythagoras (who was surrounded by mystery even in ancient times), the author examines its proliferation through various disciplines, citing sources from political history, anthropology, religion, and psychology. Christian and Jewish (and other religious) attitudes are examined and the ways in which homophobia was solidified in the legal legacy of the Roman Empire are discussed. An extensive bibliography and an index complete the book."--BOOK JACKET.
- Physical Description:
vii, 229 p. ; 26 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 217-226) and index.
0786423498 (softcover : alk. paper)9780786423491
Table of Contents
- 1. Harmodiod and Aristogeiton : the political lovers
- 2. Pythagorean origins
- 3. Plato and the tragedy of Greece
- 4. Macedonian imperialism and the Hellenistic age
- 5. Hellenic twilight
- 6. Roman domination : the origins of modern homophobia
- 7. Double edged homophobia : the final shape of the classical heritage
- 8. Christianity : the triumph of homophobia
- 9. birth of modern homophobia.