2nd Edition

Sexuality in Greek and Roman Society and Literature A Sourcebook

By Marguerite Johnson Copyright 2022
    452 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    452 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This second edition includes an updated review of sexuality in Greece and Rome, an expanded bibliography and numerous new passages with original translations.

    This book provides readers with detailed information, notes, and original translated passages on the fascinating and multi-faceted theme of ancient sexuality. The sources range from the era of Homer and Hesiod through to the Graeco-Roman world of the Fourth Century CE and explore the diversitiy of approaches to sexuality and sexual expression, as well as how these issues relate to the rest of ancient society and culture.

    Sexuality in Greek And Roman Society and Literature is an invaluable resource to students and academics alike, providing a detailed series of chapters on all major facets of sexuality in ancient Greece and Rome. It will particularly appeal to those interested in sexuality and gender in antiquity, as well as ancient literature and social studies.

    Index of passages

    List of figures


    Note to the second edition

    Acknowledgements from the first edition

    List of abbreviations

    Introduction: a socio-sexual background to Greece and Rome

    I The divine sphere

    II Beauty

    III Marriage

    IV Sexual labour

    V Same-sex attraction

    VI Sex aids, didactic literature and handbooks

    VII Sex and violence

    VIII Repulsion and anxiety

    IX Taboos, alterity and marginal activities

    X Celebrity sex

    A Final Word

    Glossary of authors, inscriptions and papyri

    Glossary of terms

    Alphabetical index of authors, inscriptions and papyri




    Marguerite Johnson is Professor of Classics at The University of Newcastle, Australia. She specialises in histories of sexualities and gender, and Classical Reception Studies.