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A public library in the eastern province of Elazığ refused to include a certain issue of the theater magazine “Mimesis” in its collection because it contained historical drawings dating back to the fifth century which the library felt were obscene, daily Hürriyet reported.

The head of Elazığ Town Public Library Ahmet Pirinççi told “Mimesis’” publishers that “the readers detected obscene drawings” in the content of the magazine’s 19th issue.

Pirinççi further claimed that a total of three families had complained the drawings were “corrupting the public's moral values.”

The library requested the publishers stop sending new issues of the magazine, even if they were donations.

The controversial drawings were found in an article published in 2004 about the depiction of women in Greek theater. Written by Washington scholar Sarah Culpepper Stroup the article looks at the roles of women in ancient Greek society.

“Elazığ Public Library has now officially censored material from the fifth century B.C.,” the publication’s publishers said in a statement issued on “Mimesis’” website.

“We find it absurd that an academic-scientific magazine, placed on hundreds of bookshelves around the country by the Culture Ministry, is being displaced by an institution working for the ministry itself,” the statement read.

June/26/2012

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Vangelis Denaxas

6/26/2012 3:09:31 PM

Generally the morals and points of view for the human body in civilizations like the ancient Greek world are obscene for societies which became deeply indoctrinated by semitic religious morals, through Judaism, Christianity and Islam. In the Greek way of thinking world up to a point is centered around human being and what matters is mainly the present life while in semitic philosophy what matters is mostly guilt and the afterlife.

two sides to every coin

6/26/2012 2:28:49 PM

obscene to who, is my question.

Lale Devre

6/26/2012 1:55:59 PM

The question is: why is the human body considered obscene now, when it obviously wasn't in the fifth century? Pitifully ignorant and fearful.

Turk Uzan

6/26/2012 1:33:06 PM

This is shameful if your values are challenged by a thousands of year old work of art you are a SAD person. This is history, should we hide it to make you happy ... This is unacceptable.
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