Sex and Difference in Ancient Greece and Rome

Sex and Difference in Ancient Greece and Rome

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This volume collects and introduces some of the best writing on sexual behaviour and gender differences in ancient Greece and Rome including four chapters newly translated from German and French. For centuries discussions of sexuality and gender in the ancient world, if they took place at all, focussed on how the roles and spheres of the sexes were divided. While men occupied the public sphere of the community, ranged through the Greek and Roman worlds and participated in politics, courts, theatre and sport, women kept to the home. Sex occupied a separate sphere, in scholarly terms restricted to specialists in ancient medicine. And then the subjects were transformed, first by Sir Kenneth Dover, then by Michel Foucault. This book charts and illustrates the extraordinary evolution of scholarly investigation of a once hidden aspect of the ancient world. In doing so it sheds light on fascinating and curious aspects of ancient lives and thought.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 352 pages
  • 158 x 234 x 26mm | 762.05g
  • EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 20 b&w illustrations
  • 0748613196
  • 9780748613199

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Usefully brings together essays not all of which are easily accessible ! more interesting still - breathtaking, in fact - is the way it shows how the field has developed in thirty years ! Overall, a book which is highly entertaining, instructive, accessible to teenagers, essential for students and extremely useful for teachers. -- Journal of Classics Teaching Usefully brings together essays not all of which are easily accessible ! more interesting still - breathtaking, in fact - is the way it shows how the field has developed in thirty years ! Overall, a book which is highly entertaining, instructive, accessible to teenagers, essential for students and extremely useful for teachers.show more

About Mark Golden

Mark Golden is Professor of Classics, University of Winnipeg. He is the author of Children and Childhood in Classical Athens (1990) and Sport and Society in Ancient Greece (1998) and the co-editor (with Peter Toohey) of Inventing Ancient Culture: Historicism, Periodization and the Ancient World (1997). Peter Toohey is Professor and Head of Greek and Roman Studies at the University of Calgary. He is the author of Melancholy, Love, and Time: Boundaries of the Self in Ancient Literature (2003).show more

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