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Since the middle of the eighteenth century, the classical world has been seen as foundational and exemplary to Western civilization. However, the Greeks never invaded and colonised western and northern Europe the way the Romans did, and, conversely, Greece was a difficult place to reach for modern travellers well into the nineteenth century. Inevitably, therefore, the links with ancient Greece were a product of the imagination: an exemplary civilization, in its politics, arts, and culture. There was one problem, however: the Greeks, it seemed, enjoyed pederastic relations. And not only this: one of Athens' most famous teachers, Socrates, was attracted to boys. Daniel Orrells offers a fresh, original examination of how modern thinkers in Germany and Britain, who were so invested in a model of history that directly traced the European present back to an ancient Greek past, negotiated the tricky issue of ancient Greek pederasty.

About the Author

Daniel Orrells is Associate Professor in Classics and Ancient History at the University of Warwick.

Table of Contents

Introduction

1. Paiderastia and the Contexts of German Historicism

2. Translating the Love of Philosophy: Jowett and Pater on Plato

3. The Bewildering Case of John Addington Symonds

4. Trying Greek Love: Oscar Wilde and E. M. Forster's Maurice

5. Freud and the History of Masculinity: Between Oedipus and Narcissus

Conclusion: The Truth of Eros and the Eros for Truth

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ISBN:
9780199236442
Author:
Orrells, Daniel
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
Daniel Orrells
Author:
null, Daniel
Subject:
Ancient, Classical & Medieval
Subject:
Classical Studies | Ancient History
Subject:
Classics-General
Publication Date:
20110931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
2 illus.
Pages:
312
Dimensions:
5.7 x 8.6 x 0.8 in 1.219 lb

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