Winckelmann's legacy: decorum, textuality, and national stereotype in the eighteenth-century reception of homosexuality

Fox, M. (2015) Winckelmann's legacy: decorum, textuality, and national stereotype in the eighteenth-century reception of homosexuality. In: Ingleheart, J. (ed.) Ancient Rome and the Construction of Modern Homosexual Identities. Series: Classical presences. Oxford University Press: Corby, pp. 74-92. ISBN 9780199689729 (doi: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199689729.003.0004)

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Abstract

The legacy of Winckelmann was for an idealized, non-corporeal version of antique homosexual behaviour, grounded in Plato.. This chapter explores the more complex material relating to Roman homosexuality, and its interpretation in the eighteenth century. It examines the concept of 'decency' as a problem for thinkers of the period, in particular how Roman literature itself deals with that concept in relation to male homosexual acts, examining Ovid and Martial. It then looks at how the idea of decency affected the Enlightenment reception of particular texts, including Petronius and book 12 of the Greek Anthology.

Item Type:Book Sections (Other)
Keywords:Homosexuality, Rome, Petronius, Martial, Ovid, Greek Anthology
Status:Published
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Fox, Professor Matthew
Authors: Fox, M.
Subjects:P Language and Literature > PA Classical philology
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities > Classics
Publisher:Oxford University Press
ISBN:9780199689729
Copyright Holders:Oxford University Press

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