James Davidson, 19 October 1995
Show More Foucault’s Virginity: Ancient Erotic Fiction and the History of Sexuality by Simon Goldhill.
Cambridge, 194 pp., £30, January 1995, 0 521 47372 1Show More
“... An unusual feature of the topography of ancient Athens was the strange half-statues, which the Athenians called Hermeses and we call herms: a representation of the god of travel, trickery and luck, abbreviated to a pillar, a head and a penis. They were to be seen all over the city, on street-corners, at cross-roads, by doors and gates, and midway on roads from the country into town, providing points of reference in a city with few street-names and little interest in town-planning ...”