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J., E. (1932). Sexual Life in Ancient Greece: By Hans Licht. (London: George Routledge & Sons, Ltd., 1932. Pp. XV + 557. Price 42 s.). Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 13:241.

(1932). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 13:241

Sexual Life in Ancient Greece: By Hans Licht. (London: George Routledge & Sons, Ltd., 1932. Pp. XV + 557. Price 42 s.)

Review by:
E. J.

This admirably produced book provides a very accessible compendium of our knowledge concerning the sexual life of Greece. It is, perhaps unfortunately, divided into two parts, the first dealing with the more general love aspects of the topic, including marriage, the life of women and interest in the human figure, and the second part dealing with the sexual life in a narrower sense. The book deals at length with the various perversions, and, of course, gives an extensive account of the peculiar form assumed in Greece by inversion. In regard to the latter the author insists, and rightly so, that the phenomenon was by no means exclusively dictated by sexual impulses, but that it constituted a means of achieving other ideals prized by the Greeks, particularly bonds of loyalty among men. The material he provides on this point is of special interest to psycho-analysts in the light of our modern knowledge concerning the sources of sexual inversion. The author has drawn directly on original sources, and has special chapters on the literary aspect of the material discussed. The book is profusely supplied with illustrated plates.

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