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Sex in the Ancient World from A to Z

1st Edition

Edited by John Younger


256 pages | 42 B/W Illus.

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In this fascinating and revealing A-to-Z, John G. Younger examines the sexual practices, expressions and attitudes of the Greeks and Romans, from Catullus and Caligula, to orgies and obscenity, and from abstinence and incest, to pederasty and prostitution.

The book opens with an overview of current thinking on ancient sex and sexuality, and goes on to provide an extraordinarily wide coverage of a sexual culture so very different from our own, approaching the subject from the perspectives of literature, history, archaeology and art.

Comprehensive, reliable and eye-opening, this A-to-Z illuminates an important aspect of the classical world. For those who want to take their reading further, there are numerous references to ancient sources and modern scholarship, as well as a separate section of works of art. This is an ideal introduction to and exploration of sex in the ancient world for readers at every level.


'Concise and fascinating … [with] an outstanding 20pp bibliography highlighting all the current work in the field.' - JACT

'The most useful aspect of each article is the reference made to primary and secondary texts.' – Journal of Hellenic Studies

Table of Contents

Terminology Note to Readers Acknowledgements Theory and Modern Scholarship Theories List of Illustrations Sex in Antiquity A - Z Ancient Sources Cited Works of Art Cited Bibliography

About the Editor

John G. Younger is professor of Classics and of Humanities and Western Civilisation at the University of Kansas. He has published widely on Minoan-Mycenaean art and scripts and on Classical Greek sculpture and gender and sexuality.

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The Ancient World from A to Z

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Ancient / General