The Oxford scholar, Sir Kenneth Dover, whom passed away this has been wrongly portrayed as attention-seeking week. Peter Jones sets the record right concerning this brilliant and modest man
It’s not tough to realise why the maximum Greek scholar of their generation, Sir Kenneth Dover, whom passed away final Sunday, ended up being a man whom attracted debate. Their edition of Aristophanes’ comedy Clouds (1968) ended up being the first ever to go fully into the exact exact same explanation that is detailed of sexual jokes as of its textual cruces. Visitors had been appalled: certainly you failed to grab a classical text to learn concerning the relationship between erections and pre-ejaculation fluid? It was the commentary that is finest ever produced on every part of the comedy featuring the controversial figure of Socrates appeared to pass individuals by.
His homosexuality that is greek) caused much more of a rumpus. Into the Preface he argued that ‘heterosexual’ and ‘homosexual’ were not antithetical terms, but that homosexuality had been a sub-division associated with ‘quasi-sexual’ or ‘pseudo-sexual’. Continue reading “Greek sex, infallible logic and fearless sincerity”