classical Athens? He argues that a “civilizing process,” alongside the rise of the modern nation-state that holds a monopoly on force, has led to a decline of violence. 1 He adds that the growing significance of commerce and technologies have facilitated
Violence in Classical Athens
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Classical Athens offers a useful comparative test‐case for essentialist assumptions about the necessary harm that emanates from sexual intimacy between adults and adolescent boys. The Athenian model does not fit victimological expectations, but instead suggests that adolescent boys could be credited with considerable powers of discretion and responsibility in sexual matters without harming their future cultural productivity. Contemporary American legislation premised on children’s incapacity to “consent” to sexual relations stems from outmoded gender constructions and ideological preoccupations of the late Victorian and Progressive Era; that it has been extended to “protection” of boys is a matter of historical accident, rather than sound social policy. Rigorous social science and historical comparanda suggest that we should consider a different “age of consent” for boys and girls.
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or concern about the agency of the daughters in the story of Lot. Conversely, in Aeschylus’s tragedy, produced against the backdrop of Classical Athens in the fifth century BCE, the flight of the Danaids from Egypt to Argos becomes a challenge to
terms (particularly the Iliad , the older of the two), without importing back the meanings of terms used in classical Athens, the words used to describe human experience are remarkably concrete. There are words for sinewy arms and speeding knees, for
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