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2nd Edition

Sexuality in Greek and Roman Society and Literature
A Sourcebook

ISBN 9781138200418
Published August 29, 2022 by Routledge
452 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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



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