Sexual Morality in Ancient Rome

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Cambridge University Press, May 25, 2006 - History - 399 pages
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Traditionally, scholars have approached Roman sexuality using categories of sexual ethics drawn from contemporary, Western society. In this 2006 book Dr Langlands seeks to move away from these towards a deeper understanding of the issues that mattered to the Romans themselves, and the ways in which they negotiated them, by focusing on the untranslatable concept of pudicitia (broadly meaning 'sexual virtue'). She offers a series of nuanced close readings of texts from a wide spectrum of Latin literature, including history, oratory, love poetry and Valerius Maximus' work Memorable Deeds and Sayings. Pudicitia emerges as a controversial and unsettled topic, at the heart of Roman debates about the difference between men and women, the relation between mind and body, and the ethics of power and status differentiation within Roman culture. The book develops strategies for approaching the study of an ancient culture through sensitive critical readings of its literary productions.
 

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Contents

the cults ofpudieitid and honours
37
Traditional narratives and Livys Roman history
78
the complexities of past as paradigm
123
testing the limits ofpudieitid
192
what part of no do you understand?
247
oratory and the speeches of Cicero
281
Imperial narratives imperial interventions
319
Conclusion
364
Subject index
387
Index loeorum
396
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Rebecca Langlands is Lecturer in Classics at the University of Exeter.

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