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Setting Plato Straight: Translating Ancient Sexuality in the Renaissance

Todd W. Reeser


As fifteenth-and sixteenth-century European Humanists read, digested, and translated Plato, they found themselves faced with a fundamental problem. On the one hand, the rebirth of the Ancients in the Renaissance implied a “fidelity” to the words and the sense of Greek texts. On the other hand, many Humanists refused to translate faithfully, and thus to propagate, the institution of pederasty or the other homoerotic elements in the Platonic corpus. Because Plato and Neoplatonism were difficult to ignore in the period, the question of same-sex sexuality could not be ignored either. As a result, ... More

Keywords: translation, homoerotics, homophobia, hermeneutics, renaissance, homosexuality, Plato, eros, symposium, sexuality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780226307008
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226307145.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Todd W. Reeser, author
University of Pittsburgh