‘Give me a thousand kisses’: THE GREEK-ROMAN KISS

‘Give me a thousand kisses’: THE GREEK-ROMAN KISS

Antonio Canova’s Psyche Revives by Cupid’s Kiss at Louvre Museum, Paris, FR (1787)

‘Give me a thousand kisses’: the kiss, identity, and power
in Greek and Roman antiquity
by RICHARD HAWLEY (ROYAL HOLLOWAY, UNIVERSITY OF LONDON)

ABSTRACT: “While modern studies of gender have discussed at length the social meanings of the sex-act in Greek and Roman antiquity, less scholarly attention has focused upon the act of kissing. This article offers suggestions towards a reevaluation of the kiss in Greek and Roman literature and society, as a taster of a larger ongoing project by the author. It discusses Greek and Latin terminology, and then key themes in the non-sexual, sexual, and social uses of the kiss, from Homeric times to the third century AD. The uses and meanings of the kiss are seen to develop across time, embracing questions of identity that include age, gender, social status, race, morality, and power”.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s