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Editors: Mark Masterson, Nancy Sorkin Rabinowitz, and James Robson

Title: Sex in Antiquity

Subtitle: Exploring Gender and Sexuality in the Ancient World

Place: New York, NY

Publisher: Routledge

Year: 2015

Pages: 588pp.

Series: Rewriting Antiquity

ISBN-13: 9780415519410 (hbk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-13: 9781315747910 (ebk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: Ancient History: Ancient Greece, Ancient Near East, Ancient Rome



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Mark Masterson, School of Art History, Classics and Religious Studies , Victoria University of

Nancy Sorkin Rabinowitz, Department of Comparative Literature, Hamilton

James Robson, Department of Classical Studies, Open


  List of illustrations (p. xi)
  Acknowledgements (p. xiii)
  List of abbreviations (p. xiv)
  Notes on contributors (p. xvi)
  Introduction (p. 1)
Mark Masterson, Nancy Sorkin Rabinowitz, and James Robson, with assistance from Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones
  Part I
Ancient Near East (p. 13)
  1 "I have hired you with my son's mandrakes": Women's reproductive magic in ancient Israel (p. 15)
Susan Ackerman
  2 Fertility and gender in the Ancient Near East (p. 30)
Stephanie Lynn Budin
  3 Guarding the house: Conflict, rape, and David's concubines (p. 50)
Elna K. Solvang
  4 From horse kissing to beastly emissions: Paraphilias in the Ancient Near East (p. 67)
Roland Boer
  5 Too young – too old? Sex and age in Mesopotamian literature (p. 80)
Gwendolyn Leick
  Part II
Archaic, classical and Hellenistic Greece (p. 97)
  6 Fantasy and the homosexual orgy: Unearthing the sexual scripts of ancient Athens (p. 99)
Alastair Blanshard
  7 Was pederasty problematized? A diachronic view (p. 115)
Andrew Lear
  8 Before queerness? Visions of a homoerotic heaven in ancient Greco-Italic tomb paintings (p. 137)
Walter Duvall Penrose Jr
  9 "Sex ed" at the archaic symposium: Prostitutes, boys and paideia (p. 157)
Allison Glazebrook
  10 Is there a history of prostitution? (p. 179)
Simon Goldhill
  11 Relations of sex and gender in Greek melic poetry: Helen, object and subject of desire (p. 198)
Claude Calame
  12 Melancholy becomes Electra (p. 214)
Nancy Sorkin Rabinowitz
  13 Of love and bondage in Euripides' Hippolytus (p. 231)
Monica S. Cyrino
  14 Dog-love-dog: Kynogamia and Cynic sexual ethics (p. 245)
Dorota Dutsch
  15 Naming names, telling tales: Sexual secrets and Greek narrative (p. 260)
Sheila Murnaghan
  16 Ancient warfare and the ravaging martial rape of girls and women: Evidence from Homeric epic and Greek drama (p. 278)
Kathy L. Gaca
  17 "Yes" and "no" in women's desire (p. 298)
Edward M. Harris
  18 Fantastic sex: Fantasies of sexual assault in Aristophanes (. 315)
James Robson
  Part III
Republican, imperial and late-ancient Rome (p. 333)
  19 The bisexuality of Orpheus (p. 335)
Matthew Fox
  20 Reading boy-love and child-love in the Greco-Roman world (p. 352)
Amy Richlin
  21 What is named by the name "Philaenis"? Gender, function, and authority of an antonomastic figure (p. 374)
Sandra Boehringer
  22 Curiositas, horror, and the monstrous-feminine in Apuleius' Metamorphoses (p. 393)
Hunter H. Gardner
  23 Making manhood hard: Tiberius and Latin literary representations of erectile dysfunction (p. 408)
Judith P. Hallett
  24 Toga and pallium: Status, sexuality, identity (p. 422)
Kelly Olson
  25 Revisiting Roman sexuality: Agency and the conceptualization of penetrated males (p. 449)
Deborah Kamen and Sarah Levin-Richardson
  26 The language of gender: Lexical semantics and the Latin vocabulary of unmaly men (p. 461)
Craig Williams
  27 Remaking Perpetua: A female martyr reconstructed (p. 482)
Barbara K. Gold
  28 Agathias and Paul the Silentiary: Erotic epigram and the sublimation of same-sex desire in the age of Justinian (p. 500)
Steven D. Smith
  29 Friends without benefits: Or, academic love (p. 517)
Daniel Boyarin
  30 Toward a late-ancient physiognomy (p. 536)
Mark Masterson
  Index (p. 552)


»Looking at sex and sexuality from a variety of historical, sociological and theoretical perspectives, as represented in a variety of media, Sex in Antiquity represents a vibrant picture of the discipline of ancient gender and sexuality studies, showcasing the work of leading international scholars as well as that of emerging talents and new voices.
Sexuality and gender in the ancient world is an area of research that has grown quickly with often sudden shifts in focus and theoretical standpoints. This volume contextualises these shifts while putting in place new ideas and avenues of exploration that further develop this lively field or set of disciplines. This broad study also includes studies of gender and sexuality in the Ancient Near East which not only provide rich consideration of those areas but also provide a comparative perspective not often found in such collections. Sex in Antiquity is a major contribution to the field of ancient gender and sexuality studies.« (Source: Routledge)


Răzvan Bogdan, Gaspar. Journal of Ancient History and Archeology No. 2.4 (2015): 165-167. – Full Text: Journal of Ancient History and Archaeology (Free Access)

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