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Sex or Symbol?: Erotic Images of Greece & Rome
Catherine Johns (au). This entertaining & thoughtful book investigates an area of Greek & Roman life which was an embarrassment to the 18th- & 19th-century scholars discovering many objects in their classical collections. At a time of increasing prudery, such material was considered unsuitable for serious study & removed from public display. While overt sexual representations were common in painting, sculpture, pottery & jewelry, not all the objects which shocked the Victorians had an erotic purpose. Many had a religious function, as well as reflecting the classical delight in erotic art for its own sake. They also shed light on the social mores of the time, in particular the wide range of sexual behavior acceptable in classical antiquity. 125 B&W & 38 color illus.
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