Show Summary Details

p. 826. The sexual politics of mythlocked

  • Helen Morales


Mythology has influenced Western art in many ways. Artists have used mythology to serve as alibis for Western art's enjoyment of sexual violation against women. Western art in turn has perpetuated the idea that ancient Greece and Rome were pornotopias. ‘The sexual politics of myth’ asks whether rape was glorified in ancient representations of the myths. The amount of rape in classical myth is vast, and modern retellings tend either to omit or romanticize it. How did the classical myths view same-sex sexuality? Classical myths sometimes contest (and also sometimes affirm) the norms of gender and sexuality, and they allow for the reclamation of characters as gay and lesbian icons by groups later in history.

Access to the complete content on Very Short Introductions online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.