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Games of Venus

Games of Venus


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About the Book

Recent attacks on contemporary art have portrayed the erotic content of works by Robert Mapplethorpe and others as if it were a deviation from the Western artistic tradition. On the contrary, there is a rich tradition of eroticism in the arts beginning with the erotic verse of ancient Greek and Roman poets.

Games of Venus, the first comprehensive anthology in English of ancient Greek and Roman erotic verse, revives this tradition for the modern reader.

Games of Venus presents the whole spectrum of erotic poetry from Sappho to Ovid in translations which evoke the full range of styles and tones present in the original Greek and Latin.

Brief biographical sketches accompany the work of each poet as do notes referring to the myths, geography, historical events, personages, and sexual and social customs mentioned in the verse.


About the Author:

Peter Bing is Associate Professor of Classics at Emory University. He is the author of The Well-Read Muse (1988), and translator of Homo Necans (1983). Rip Cohen has taught Classics and Romance Languages at the University of Chicago and the University of Pennsylvania.


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Product Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780415902618
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • Publisher Imprint: Routledge
  • Depth: 19
  • Language: English
  • Returnable: N
  • Spine Width: 16 mm
  • Weight: 403 gr
  • ISBN-10: 0415902614
  • Publisher Date: 20 Sep 1993
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Height: 226 mm
  • No of Pages: 294
  • Series Title: New Ancient World
  • Sub Title: An Anthology of Greek and Roman Erotic Verse from Sappho to Ovid
  • Width: 151 mm


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