Sex and difference in ancient Greece and Rome

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Edinburgh University Press, 2003 - History - 400 pages
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For centuries discussions of sexuality and gender in the ancient world, if they took place at all, focused on how the roles and spheres of the sexes were divided. While men occupied the public sphere of the community, ranged through the Greek and Roman worlds and participated in politics, courts, theatre and sport, women kept to the home. Sex occupied a separate sphere, in scholarly terms restricted to specialists in ancient medicine. And then the subjects were transformed, first by Sir Kenneth Dover, then by Michel Foucault. This volume collects and introduces some of the best writing on sexual behavior and gender differences in ancient Greece and Rome including four chapters newly translated from German and French. The volume charts the extraordinary evolution of scholarly investigation of a once hidden aspect of the ancient world. In doing so it sheds light on fascinating and curious aspects of ancient lives and thought.

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