The Sexuality of Adonis

  title={The Sexuality of Adonis},
  author={Joseph D. Reed},
  journal={Classical Antiquity},
  • J. D. Reed
  • Published 1 October 1995
  • History
  • Classical Antiquity
This paper seeks to ascertain the ways in which Adonis and his ritual lament were used by Classical men and women in their constructions of their own gender and the other. The evidence from Classical Athens turns out to originate mainly among men and thus outside the cult, from which men were excluded; the myths and descriptions of the rite that we possess say more about men9s attitudes toward themselves and toward women than about the celebrants9 motives. Nevertheless, women9s attitudes toward… 
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