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Theme of the Month: Gender and Sexuality

Welcome to the Routledge Classical Studies Theme of the Month collection!

Routledge's exciting range of titles on gender and sexuality in the ancient world offers a broad spectrum of research in this fascinating field, from the Ancient Near East through to the early Christian world. With research titles focused on subjects such as masculinity, dress, transgender dynamics and key ancient goddesses, as well as broader books exploring women and sex across the whole of the ancient world, this collection reflects our incredibly diverse publishing in this field.

Gender and Sexuality

  • Becoming a Woman and Mother in Greco-Roman Egypt

    Women’s Bodies, Society and Domestic Space, 1st Edition

    By Ada Nifosi

    How did Greco-Roman Egyptian society perceive women’s bodies and how did it acknowledge women’s reproductive functions? Detailing women’s lives in Greco-Roman Egypt this monograph examines understudied aspects of women's lives such as their coming of age, social and religious taboos of menstruation…

    Hardback – 2019-02-05
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    Medicine and the Body in Antiquity

  • The Sorrows of Mattidia

    A New Translation and Commentary, 1st Edition

    By Curtis Hutt

    This volume offers a new translation of the Pseudo-Clementine family narrative here known as The Sorrows of Mattidia. It contains a full introduction which explores the obscured origins of the text, the plot, and main characters, and engages in a comparison of the portrayal of pagan, Jewish, and…

    Hardback – 2018-07-23
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    Routledge Classical Translations

  • The Slave Metaphor and Gendered Enslavement in Early Christian Discourse

    Double Trouble Embodied, 1st Edition

    By Marianne Bjelland Kartzow

    The Slave Metaphor and Gendered Enslavement in Early Christian Discourse adds new knowledge to the ongoing discussion of slavery in early Christian discourse. Kartzow argues that the complex tension between metaphor and social reality in early Christian discourse is undertheorized. A metaphor can…

    Hardback – 2018-04-19
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    Routledge Studies in the Early Christian World

  • Masculinities in the Court Tales of Daniel

    Advancing Gender Studies in the Hebrew Bible, 1st Edition

    By Brian Charles DiPalma

    In this volume, Brian Charles DiPalma examines masculinities in the court tales of Daniel as a test case for issues facing the burgeoning area of gender studies in the Hebrew Bible. In doing so, it both analyses how the court tales of Daniel portray the characters in terms of configurations of…

    Hardback – 2018-02-27
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    Routledge Studies in the Biblical World

  • Erotic Geographies in Ancient Greek Literature and Culture

    1st Edition

    By Kate Gilhuly

    Erotic Geographies in Ancient Greek Literature and Culture addresses the following question: how does a place "get a reputation?" The Athenians associated sexual behaviors with particular places and their inhabitants, and this book decodes the meaning of the sexualization of place and traces the…

    Hardback – 2017-08-31
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  • Borderline Virginities

    Sacred and Secular Virgins in Late Antiquity, 1st Edition

    By Sissel Undheim

    How and why did virginity come to play such a crucial part in the Christian Church in the formative and defining period of Late Antiquity? Sissel Undheim analyzes the negotiations over what constituted virginity and assesses its socio-religious value in fourth-century Rome by looking at those at…

    Hardback – 2017-07-27
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  • The Women of Pliny's Letters

    1st Edition

    By Jo-Ann Shelton

    Pliny's letters offer a significant source of information about the lives of Roman women (predominantly, though not exclusively, upper-class women) during the late first and early second centuries CE. In the 368 letters included in his ten published books of epistles, Pliny mentions over 30 women…

    Paperback – 2017-07-13
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    Women of the Ancient World

  • Ishtar

    1st Edition

    By Louise M. Pryke

    Ishtar is the first book dedicated to providing an accessible analysis of the mythology and image of this complex goddess. The polarity of her nature is reflected in her role as goddess of sexual love and war, and has made her difficult to characterise in modern scholarship. By exploring this…

    Hardback – 2017-06-16
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    Gods and Heroes of the Ancient World

  • Masculinity and Dress in Roman Antiquity

    1st Edition

    By Kelly Olson

    In Masculinity and Dress in Roman Antiquity, Olson argues that clothing functioned as part of the process of communication by which elite male influence, masculinity, and sexuality were made known and acknowledged, and furthermore that these concepts interconnected in socially significant ways.…

    Hardback – 2017-05-15
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    Routledge Monographs in Classical Studies

  • Women in Mycenaean Greece

    The Linear B Tablets from Pylos and Knossos, 1st Edition

    By Barbara A. Olsen

    Women in Mycenaean Greece is the first book-length study of women in the Linear B tablets from Mycenaean Greece and the only to collect and compile all the references to women in the documents of the two best attested sites of Late Bronze Age Greece - Pylos on the Greek mainland and Knossos on the…

    Paperback – 2017-04-11
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  • Plato's Dialectic on Woman

    Equal, Therefore Inferior, 1st Edition

    By Elena Blair

    With the birth of the feminist movement classicists, philosophers, educational experts, and psychologists, all challenged by the question of whether or not Plato was a feminist, began to examine Plato’s dialogues in search of his conception of woman. The possibility arose of a new focus affecting…

    Paperback – 2017-02-07
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    Routledge Monographs in Classical Studies

  • Roman Literature, Gender and Reception

    Domina Illustris, 1st Edition

    Edited by Donald Lateiner, Barbara K. Gold, Judith Perkins

    This cutting-edge collection of essays offers provocative studies of ancient history, literature, gender identifications and roles, and subsequent interpretations of the republican and imperial Roman past. The prose and poetry of Cicero and Petronius, Lucretius, Virgil, and Ovid receive fresh…

    Paperback – 2017-02-07
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    Routledge Monographs in Classical Studies

  • TransAntiquity

    Cross-Dressing and Transgender Dynamics in the Ancient World, 1st Edition

    Edited by Domitilla Campanile, Filippo Carlà-Uhink, Margherita Facella

    TransAntiquity explores transgender practices, in particular cross-dressing, and their literary and figurative representations in antiquity. It offers a ground-breaking study of cross-dressing, both the social practice and its conceptualization, and its interaction with normative prescriptions on…

    Hardback – 2017-02-02
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    Routledge Monographs in Classical Studies

  • Immigrant Women in Athens

    Gender, Ethnicity, and Citizenship in the Classical City, 1st Edition

    By Rebecca Futo Kennedy

    Many of the women whose names are known to history from Classical Athens were metics or immigrants, linked in the literature with assumptions of being ‘sexually exploitable.’ Despite recent scholarship on women in Athens beyond notions of the ‘citizen wife’ and the ‘common prostitute,’ the…

    Paperback – 2016-11-10
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    Routledge Studies in Ancient History

  • Women's Ritual Competence in the Greco-Roman Mediterranean

    1st Edition

    Edited by Matthew Dillon, Esther Eidinow, Lisa Maurizio

    Contributions in this volume demonstrate how, across the ancient Mediterranean and over hundreds of years, women’s rituals intersected with the political, economic, cultural, or religious spheres of their communities in a way that has only recently started to gain sustained academic attention. The…

    Hardback – 2016-10-24
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  • Women in Antiquity

    Real Women across the Ancient World, 1st Edition

    Edited by Stephanie Lynn Budin, Jean Macintosh Turfa

    This volume gathers brand new essays from some of the most respected scholars of ancient history, archaeology, and physical anthropology to create an engaging overview of the lives of women in antiquity. The book is divided into ten sections, nine focusing on a particular area, and also includes…

    Hardback – 2016-08-18
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    Rewriting Antiquity

  • Being a Man

    Negotiating Ancient Constructs of Masculinity, 1st Edition

    Edited by Ilona Zsolnay

    Being a Man is a formative work which reveals the myriad and complex negotiations for constructions of masculine identities in the greater ancient Near East and beyond. Through a juxtaposition of studies into Neo-Assyrian artistic representations and omens, biblical hymns and narrative, Hittite,…

    Hardback – 2016-08-15
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    Studies in the History of the Ancient Near East

  • Resurrecting Parts

    Early Christians on Desire, Reproduction, and Sexual Difference, 1st Edition

    By Taylor Petrey

    During the late second and early third centuries C.E. the resurrection became a central question for intellectual commentary, with increasingly tense divisions between those who interpreted the resurrection as a bodily experience and those who did not. The relationship between the resurrected…

    Hardback – 2015-07-27
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    Routledge Studies in the Early Christian World

  • Sex in Antiquity

    Exploring Gender and Sexuality in the Ancient World, 1st Edition

    Edited by Mark Masterson, Nancy Sorkin Rabinowitz, James Robson

    Looking at sex and sexuality from a variety of historical, sociological and theoretical perspectives, as represented in a variety of media, Sex in Antiquity represents a vibrant picture of the discipline of ancient gender and sexuality studies, showcasing the work of leading international scholars…

    Hardback – 2014-12-18
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    Rewriting Antiquity

  • Early Christian Dress

    Gender, Virtue, and Authority, 1st Edition

    By Kristi Upson-Saia

    Early Christian Dress is the first full-length monograph on the subject of dress in early Christianity. It pays attention to the ways in which dress expressed and shaped Christian identity, the role dress played in Christians’ rivalries with pagan neighbours, and especially to the ways in which…

    Paperback – 2014-05-30
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    Routledge Studies in Ancient History

  • Women in the Ancient Near East

    A Sourcebook, 1st Edition

    Edited by Mark Chavalas

    Women in the Ancient Near East provides a collection of primary sources that further our understanding of women from Mesopotamian and Near Eastern civilizations, from the earliest historical and literary texts in the third millennium BC to the end of Mesopotamian political autonomy in the sixth…

    Paperback – 2013-09-25
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    Routledge Sourcebooks for the Ancient World

  • Byzantine Empresses

    Women and Power in Byzantium AD 527-1204, 1st Edition

    By Lynda Garland

    Byzantine Empresses provides a series of biographical portraits of the most significant Byzantine women who ruled or shared the throne between 527 and 1204. It presents and analyses the available historical data in order to outline what these empresses did, what the sources thought they did, and…

    Paperback – 2011-01-06
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  • The Eunuch in Byzantine History and Society

    1st Edition

    By Shaun Tougher

    The existence of eunuchs was one of the defining features of the Byzantine Empire. Covering the whole span of the history of the empire, from the fourth to the fifteenth centuries AD, Shaun Tougher presents a comprehensive survey of the history and roles of eunuchs, making use of…

    Paperback – 2010-08-18
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    Routledge Monographs in Classical Studies

  • Aphrodite

    1st Edition

    By Monica S. Cyrino

    Aphrodite explores the many myths and meanings of the Greek goddess of love, sex and beauty. One of the most widely worshipped and popular deities in Greek antiquity, Aphrodite emerges from the imaginations of the ancient Greek writers and artists as a multifaceted, powerful and charismatic figure.…

    Paperback – 2010-03-29
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    Gods and Heroes of the Ancient World

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