One Hundred Years of Homosexuality
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One Hundred Years of Homosexuality

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Halperin's subject is the erotics of male culture in ancient Greece. Arguing that the modern concept of "homosexuality" is an inadequate tool for the interpretation of these features of sexual life in antiquity, Halperin offers an alternative account that accords greater prominence to the indigenous terms in which sexual experiences were constituted in the ancient Mediterr...more
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Published November 15th 1989 by Routledge
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This was written for an assignment in my undergraduate "Religion and Sexuality" class.

Halperin, David M. One Hundred Years of Homosexuality: and other essays on Greek love. New York: Routledge, 1990.

The recent outing of homosexuality within the last thirty or so years as a viable identity for a large population of modern people has led to a renewed interest in the history of sexuality throughout the world. One Hundred Years of Homosexuality presents a new look at the erotics present in the male-...more
Six essays on the topic of the erotics of male culture in ancient Greece. He builds on arguments of Dover and Foucault - and, very interestingly to read, builds an intellectual argument opposing John Boswell's ideas (extremely popular to cite among gays even today).

In the theoretical section of the book, Halperin treats sexual identity not as a given of nature but as a cultural construct. He argues that homosexuality (which he seems to define quite narrowly as love for a same-sex object free fro...more
The Kid
I enjoyed this book for the most part. The first part does some more theoretical work and the second half goes into traditional classics territory, philological work. I have only two complaints, or warnings. One: this book focuses almost exclusively on Athens. Atheno-centrism is pretty common since a lot of the literary material to survive from Ancient Greece comes from Athens. BUT! I do like to see people looking elsewhere, which if I recall correctly, Dover manages to do in his Greek Homosexua...more
In One Hundred Years of Homosexuality (1990), David Halperin argues that modern interpretations that read back identities of "gay" on Greek society are anachronistic and inappropriate to understanding Greek life; his analysis shows that the heterosexual/homosexual binary (and sexual identity) is a very recent way of conceptualizing and experiencing sexual desire (9). Halperin argues that sexuality is a modern invention (24) and argues that the ancient Greeks didn't understand sex in terms of sex...more
Fred Kohn
The author warns in the preface that "(These essays) do not constitute a comprehensive and systematic treatment" of erotics in the ancient Greek world, and I suppose I should have considered myself warned. I am writing as someone who has only the vaguest knowledge of the subject matter, and I was hoping for something more systematic. I suppose that someone with a deeper background would enjoy this book more, but I took little away from this book.
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