Women in Ancient Greece and Ro
Women in Ancient Greece and Ro CLST 313
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Foucault on Aphrodisia Study Questions Foucault s discussion of aphrodisia is an exercise in grappling with terminology not the typical introduction to women and sexuality that you might expect in an undergraduate course But our greatest dif culty in accurately assessing ancient sexuality will be to think in Greek or Roman terms to escape the preconceptions of our own culture For that Foucault is invaluable 1 F states on p 35 that the Greeks had no word equivalent to our sexuality What in your words do you think he means 2 F goes on to offer a de nition for aphrodisia 17d quQOoiOLu What did it mean 3 What do you make of the connection between aphrodisia and the goddess Aphrodite What are the implications of having a goddess related to sexuality 4 F claims on pp 38 39 that the classical Greeks unlike later Christianity did not bother to de ne aphrodisia very exactly What do you think that might indicate about their society 5 F on p 42 says that the dynamics of aphrodisia was more important than their morphology in ancient discussions of sexual pleasure This is a dif cult distinction What do you think he means 6 On p 45 and following F describes a cycle of acts pleasures and desires that together compose the ancient conception of aphrodisia then describes two variables in that concept What are they and how do they interact 7 How on pp 47 50 does F contrast the ancient view of sexuality with the later Christian con ception of the esh
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