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Sexuality in Greek and Roman Culture

Sexuality in Greek and Roman Culture

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This agenda-setting text has been fully revised in its second edition, with coverage extended into the Christian era. It remains the most comprehensive and engaging introduction to the sexual cultures of ancient Greece and Rome.

  • Covers a wide range of subjects, including Greek pederasty and the symposium, ancient prostitution, representations of women

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This agenda-setting text has been fully revised in its second edition, with coverage extended into the Christian era. It remains the most comprehensive and engaging introduction to the sexual cultures of ancient Greece and Rome.

  • Covers a wide range of subjects, including Greek pederasty and the symposium, ancient prostitution, representations of women in Greece and Rome, and the public regulation of sexual behavior
  • Expanded coverage extends to the advent of Christianity, includes added illustrations, and offers student-friendly pedagogical features
  • Text boxes supply intriguing information about tangential topics
  • Gives a thorough overview of current literature while encouraging further reading and discussion
  • Conveys the complexity of ancient attitudes towards sexuality and gender and the modern debates they have engendered

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“What has long been badly needed is a comprehensive survey that examines Greco-Roman sexuality, non-judgementally, in its own cultural context. Marilyn Skinner’s Sexuality in Greek and Roman Culture does just that … Non-ideological, its vast scholarship distilled in elegant prose for the general reader, sensible in its judgements, and equipped with a formidable bibliography, this splendid book replaces all earlier works on the subject for those in search of knowledge rather than confirmation of their prejudices.” Times Literary Supplement (Books of the Year)

"This book is not only an overview of sexuality but also an introduction to all forms of interpersonal relations, as Skinner uses the social and political structures of the time to account for differing notions of sexuality across time periods … As a general introduction to the topic this work is highly successful in that it gives a thorough overview of current literature while encouraging further reading and discussion … this is a most successful addition to the work on ancient sexuality and comes at a time when sexuality is becoming such a popular research topic.” Scholia: Studies in Classical Antiquity

"More than twenty years of researching and teaching sex and gender in antiquity, on both Greek and Roman topics, makes Marilyn Skinner an ideal candidate to write the first textbook-style survey of the subject ... I already look forward to the possibility of future editions." Bryn Mawr Classical Review

“Elegantly written and skillfully argued, Sexuality in Greek and Roman Culture brilliantly conveys the complexity of ancient attitudes towards sexuality and gender and the modern debates they have engendered. This book is comprehensive yet concise, theoretically sophisticated and yet accessible for an undergraduate reader.” Laura McClure, University of Wisconsin, Madison

"For several reasons this book may be considered a masterpiece ... The book is eminently readable, with the occasional good sense of humour. Moreover it is an outstanding example of integrated scholarship, aptly covering literary, epigraphical and papyrological source material as well as iconographical evidence ... and comparitive material with reference to contemporary issues." Les Etudes Classiques

“Written in a clear, engaging style that is enlivened with many touches of wit and humour, and, in addition, extremely well organized – a great challenge given the complexity of the subject.”
Beert Verstraete
Department of Classics
Acadia University

“A cultural history of ancient sexuality that is necessary reading for classicists wanting an introduction to this relatively new field, but also of interest to specialists outside classics because of her concern to demonstrate how constructions of ancient sexuality are similar to, yet different from, modern western conceptions of sex and gender.”
Journal of the Classical Association of Canada

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781444349863
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
08/19/2013
Series:
Ancient Cultures Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
464
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.90(d)

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
“My upper-level students enjoyed Skinner's frank and engaging style, and appreciated her ability to navigate through contentious theoretical issues with discretion and clarity. The new features of the second edition further increase the value of what is by far the best survey of the subject available.”
Anthony Corbeill, University of Kansas

“This book delivers but also exceeds what I'd hoped for in the second edition.  In addition to an updated text and bibliography positioning the book in relation to scholarly developments, Skinner has added textboxes to stimulate class debate, and end-of-chapter ‘discussion prompts’ to encourage students’ reflection upon our relationship with/estrangement from ancient sexuality.”
Susan Deacy, University of Roehampton

“Skinner’s revised and expanded second edition increases the chief pleasure of her first—to see a true scholar at work, formidably informed. Her scope of erudition embraces all manner of ancient testimony, from Greek romances to gravestones.”
Micaela Janan, Duke University

“Thoroughly revised and with new sections and illustrations in each chapter, this book remains a landmark study of a complex yet fascinating subject. Written by a global authority in the field, it delivers rigorous, up-to-date scholarship in a style appealing to the non-specialist reader.”
Konstantinos P. Nikoloutsos, Saint Joseph's University 

“A breathtaking synthesis of cutting edge research, this superb second edition of Skinner's magisterial overview of ancient sexuality combines sophistication with accessibility and remains an indispensable resource for students, teachers, and scholars.”
Yurie Hong, Gustavus Adolphus College

Meet the Author

Marilyn B. Skinner is Professor of Classics Emerita at the University of Arizona. Her research has focused on notions of gender and sexuality in the ancient world. She is the author of Clodia Metelli: The Tribune’s Sister (2011), and co-editor of Narrating Desire: Eros, Sex, and Gender in the Ancient Novel (with M. P. F. Pinheiro and F. I. Zeitlin, 2012), and The New Sappho on Old Age: Textual and Philosophical Issues (with E. Greene, 2009).

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