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Askesis and the Greek ideal
Edward Perry Warren and Lewes House
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Commissioned from Greek craftsmen in 1-20 CE by a Roman client, the infamous so-called Warren Cup is a rare silver Roman skyphos depicting explicit sex acts. The cup acquired its name from its first modern owner, Bostonian collector, antiquarian and Uranian writer Edward Perry Warren who likely acquired the crowning glory of his collection around 1911. This chapter explores the 'cognitive maps' the spaces of Lewes House enabled as well as the apologetic writings found in A Defence of Uranian Love, and discusses how Uranian bachelors might have used the domestic realm as the site for the performance of a modern identity made possible through the practices of askesis. At the heart of what constituted the beau idéal for Warren was a sort of masculine minimalism, a decidedly ascetic antidote to the perceived frivolity of the feminine and the degeneracy warned against following the Wilde trials.

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