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The author of the book: Eva Cantarella
Edition: Yale University Press (New Haven, CT)
Date of issue: March 11th 2002
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ISBN: 0300093020
ISBN 13: 9780300093025
Language: English
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Last year brought the first domestic paperback issue of Secundo Natura, originally published by Editori Riuniti in 1988. Professor of Roman law at the University of Milan, Dr. Cantarella has produced an instance of successful scholarship, appealing to general audiences without sacrificing academic rigor. Consequently, it may be reviewed from both perspectives.

Forty-six pages of notes indicate a wide background with relevant classical texts as well as with two centuries of analytical work on Greco-Roman sexual mores available in Latin, English, German, French and Italian. When available, English editions of these materials are noted. Source texts are commonly given in the original Greek (transliterated) and Latin, with either direct translations or paraphrases following. Her particular strength is the law, written and customary, and what ancient legislation suggests about prevailing practices from the seventh century to Justinian's legislation in A.D. 533. This vast period is divided into five epochs, attention being primarily devoted to the middle three: Hellenic culture before the domination of the city states and, then, the classical period; Rome before its hellenization, during the Empire and, then, upon its Christianization. She is at her weakest in discussing the roots of Judeo-Christian influences.

This book is comparable to her prior, foundational history of ancient gender roles, Pandora's Mirror. Matters taken for granted here are documented and argued there. Exactly what female testimonies come down to us? She provides the sadly short list of texts, mostly fragmentary, and references. How is that the autonomy of women declined with the rise of the city-states? What happened to the institutions for the higher education of girls? She provides arguments while critically reviewing more radical theories, ancient and modern, of traditional matriarchies superseded by patriarchy. Was Christianity an alien accretion upon a more sexually liberal culture or had the move toward ascetic self-control already occurred in paganism? What of ordinary people? How much of what we know about classical mores applies only to the articulate elites?

It is impossible to discuss sex roles without prejudice. Cantarella does not conceal hers. The effect is to the make the book more humane and accessible. It is remarkable that, after Sappho, women are nearly voiceless in classical antiquity, their attitudes only known as they are represented by men. It is remarkable that the ruling elites were generally quite comfortable with exacting subservience, sexual and otherwise, from their inferiors: slaves, freedpersons, women and the lower orders in general. Their unconsciousness or, at least, lack of sensitivity to the interests of others is glaring. One wonders how we might compare in the eyes of future historians. For, like the ancients, we have our enlightened voices, sages and poets, who inspiringly bespeak the worth of humanity while our society remains substantially class-riven, oppressive and violent.

However, while tendentious, the book is not simplistic. Gay and free love advocates will find no unequivocal endorsements in this record. For, while acceptant of sexual practices generally proscribed in the modern West, the ancients hedged their behaviors with prohibitions. While both the Greeks and the Romans sanctioned male bisexuality, it was with conditions and the conditions radically varied between these two cultures and over time.

In the highest sense, a good book will constructively broaden its public. Attentive readers of this one will have their own beliefs challenged, their own taboos put into perspective. So doing, we become more conscious of our own limitations, more sensitive to the ways of others.


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Ebook Bisexuality in the Ancient World read Online! Roma 28 novembre 1936. Grecista. Laureata in Legge, specializzata a Berkeley (Usa) e Heidelberg (Germania). Figlia del grande grecista Raffaele. «Fin da bambina amavo il mondo greco, perché in casa sentivo parlare di personaggi mitologi, dell’Odissea... Ma all’Università mi rifiutai di iscrivermi alla facoltà dove insegnava mio padre. Mi imbarazzava l’idea di essere la figlia del Professore. Così studiai Legge, laureandomi con una tesi sul diritto romano antico e poi dedicandomi, per conto mio, al diritto greco».
Insegna Istituzioni di diritto romano e Diritto greco alla Statale di Milano. Ha insegnato anche a Austin e alla New York City University.
Nel 2002 fu nominata da Ciampi Grand’Ufficiale della Repubblica. L’anno successivo vinse il premio Bagutta con il libro Itaca. Eroi, donne, potere tra vendetta e diritto.
Ha dedicato una parte dei suoi studi alle donne dell’antichità (per esempio Tacita muta, la donna nella città antica, Editori Riuniti, e Passato prossimo. Donne romane da Tacita a Sulpicia, Feltrinelli) e sull’erotismo nell’antichità (La bisessualità nel mondo antico, Editori riuniti). Bei saggi su Pompei: Pompei. I volti dell’amore (Mondadori), e Un giorno a Pompei (Electa) e il suo ultimo libro Pompei è viva (Feltrinelli 2013).
Sposata col sociologo Guido Martinotti («Ci conosciamo dalla prima liceo, ma ci siamo fidanzati dopo la Laurea»). Nessun figlio: «Per scelta. Non ne sentivo il bisogno, avevo altre cose da fare, volevo lavorare, studiare, fare carriera. Non me ne sono mai pentita, non ho rimpianti». «I figli deve farli chi li vuole. Io non ho mai sentito questo desiderio, non mi pento e non mi sento un mostro». Due nipoti adulti, Roberto e Ettore, figli della sorella Giovanna: «Li adoro».
«È una grecista meravigliosa perché sa raccontare gli dei e gli eroi dell’antica Grecia come fossero i personaggi del più appassionante fra i telefilm americani, e ha trasformato Afrodite in Gabrielle di Desperate Housewives: “Lo sapevano tutti, sull’Olimpo, che appena Efesto voltava le spalle Afrodite ne approfittava per appartarsi con Ares”» (Il Foglio).
«Non ha mai fatto la signora anche essendo nata signora. Professoressa, superdocente internazionale, emblema del successo intellettuale femminile, Eva è adesso la donna più significativa di Milano. Lei che è del Sud rappresenta la città della nebbia» (Lina Sotis).
Nel 2008 tra coloro che raccolsero l’appello di Angelo D’Orsi per mostrare solidarietà ai 67 docenti di fisica della Sapienza una cui lettera aveva fatto saltare l’invito a Benedetto XVI per l’inaugurazione dell’anno accademico (vedi Marcello Cini).
Femminista della prima ora, comunista, in prima linea nelle battaglie per divorzio e aborto. «Non sono contraria a scendere in piazza. In una fase in cui siamo tutti incatenati agli schermi, la parola pubblica sarebbe la vera novità» (a Maria Laura Rodotà nel 2009) [Corriere della Sera, 15/9/2009]
In casa non fa nulla: «Non ho mai voluto imparare. Non so nemmeno cucinare, tranne due piatti: frittata di maccheroni e pollo in gelatina, ma li preparo giusto una volta l’anno».


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