Roman Homosexuality

Roman Homosexuality


By (author) Craig A. Williams

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 512 pages
  • Dimensions: 154mm x 232mm x 28mm | 680g
  • Publication date: 4 February 2010
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0195388747
  • ISBN 13: 9780195388749
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Sales rank: 386,208

Product description

Ten years after its original publication, Roman Homosexuality remains the definitive statement of this interesting but often misunderstood aspect of Roman culture. Learned yet accessible, the book has reached both students and general readers with an interest in ancient sexuality. This second edition features a new foreword by Martha Nussbaum, a completely rewritten introduction that takes account of new developments in the field, a rewritten and expanded appendix on ancient images of sexuality, and an updated bibliography.

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Author information

Craig A. Williams is Associate Professor of Classics, Brooklyn College, City University of New York.

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"This book may do more for the understanding of classical sexuality than any since Kenneth Dover's Greek Homosexuality of twenty years ago."--Times Literary Supplement "This is an important and ground-breaking study."--Choice"This book by Craig A. Williams combines lucid analysis of the protocols governing male sexual behavior in ancient Rome with comprehensive documentation from literary sources.... It is a landmark work of scholarship and should prove accessible to scholars of all disciplines."--American Historical Review "This indispensable book persuasively sets forth gender identity, not sexual orientation, as the fulcrum of male sexual significance in Roman society."--Religious Studies Review

Table of contents

ABBREVIATIONS ; NOTES TO THE SECOND EDITION ; PREFACE ; INTRODUCTION ; 1. Roman Traditions ; 2. Greece and Rome ; 3. Concept of Stuprum ; 4. Effeminacy and Masculinity ; 5. Sexual Roles and Identities ; CONCLUSIONS ; APPENDIX 1 ; APPENDIX 2 ; APPENDIX 3 ; APPENDIX 4 ; AFTERWORD ; NOTES ; WORKS CITED ; INDEX OF PASSAGES CITED ; GENERAL INDEX