Saturday, July 12, 2008
Brook, Eric C. "Review of James Davidson's THE GREEKS AND GREEK LOVE." BMCR (July 2008).
Davidson, James. The Greeks and Greek Love: a Radical Reappraisal of Homosexuality in Ancient Greece. London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 2007. As the subtitle of this text indicates, Davidson questions how ancient Greek homosexuality has been approached in recent scholarship, and seeks to reinterpret the evidence from the primary sources in order to clarify issues under current debate. As such, this text represents a shift that is underway regarding the study of Greek homosexuality that originally took its cue from scholars like Dover and Foucault. Davidson's main objections to their work has to do with their preoccupation with homosexual acts (particularly regarding anal sex), the correlation of these sexual acts with a discourse on domination, and the assertion that the word "homosexuality" does not reflect a historical reality that was true of the Greeks. . . . Read the rest here: http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/bmcr/2008/2008-07-20.html.