Roman Homosexuality: Ideologies of Masculinity in Classical Antiquity / Edition 1

Roman Homosexuality: Ideologies of Masculinity in Classical Antiquity / Edition 1

by Craig A. Williams
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195125053

ISBN-13: 9780195125054

Pub. Date: 06/28/1999

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

This book provides a thoroughly documented discussion of ancient Roman ideologies of masculinity and sexuality with a focus on ancient representations of sexual experience between males. It gathers a wide range of evidence from the second century B.C. to the second century A.D.—above all from such literary texts as courtroom speeches, love poetry, philosophy,

…  See more details below

Overview

This book provides a thoroughly documented discussion of ancient Roman ideologies of masculinity and sexuality with a focus on ancient representations of sexual experience between males. It gathers a wide range of evidence from the second century B.C. to the second century A.D.—above all from such literary texts as courtroom speeches, love poetry, philosophy, epigram, and history, but also graffiti and other inscriptions as well as artistic artifacts—and uses that evidence to reconstruct the contexts within which Roman texts were created and had their meaning. The book takes as its starting point the thesis that in order to understand the Roman material, we must make the effort to set aside any preconceptions we might have regarding sexuality, masculinity, and effeminacy.

Williams' book argues in detail that for the writers and readers of Roman texts, the important distinctions were drawn not between homosexual and heterosexual, but between free and slave, dominant and subordinate, masculin and effeminate as conceived in specifically Roman terms. Other important questions addressed by this book include the differences between Roman and Greek practices and ideologies; the influence exerted by distinctively Roman ideals of austerity; the ways in which deviations from the norms of masculine sexual practice were negotiated both in the arena of public discourse and in real men's lives; the relationship between the rhetoric of "nature" and representations of sexual practices; and the extent to which same-sex marriages were publicly accepted.

Read More

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195125054
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
06/28/1999
Series:
Ideologies of Desire Series
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 6.00(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Abbreviations
Introduction3
1Roman Traditions: Slaves, Prostitutes, and Wives15
2Greece and Rome62
3The Concept of Stuprum96
4Effeminacy and Masculinity125
5Sexual Roles and Identities160
Conclusions225
App. 1The Rhetoric of Nature and Same-Sex Practices231
App. 2Marriage between Males245
App. 3 A Note on the Sources253
Notes259
Works Cited367
Index of Passages Cited376
General Index391
Photos follow page 124

Read More

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >