Wednesday, 3 February 2010

Greeks and the sensual world

tudents must have an acquaintanceship with the Greek view of sexuality and the arts.

From a video in our school library, part of a series called Greek Fire:

"Ancient Greek myths invlove endless tales of seduction. In ancient Greek pottery, painting and poetry, you will find exuberant sexuality and uninhibited acitivity in abundance.

Sappho of the island of Lesbos - the first poetess of the Western world - gives her name to lesbianism. Male homosexuals can turn back to Plato to find that their way of life was regarded as noble and praiseworthy.

But ancient Greece was no sexual utopia. In Greek drama, there is a profound male terror in front of the mystery of woman. Men saw in women something dark, shadowy and pre-rational."

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