Roman Homosexuality



Roman Homosexuality This book provides a thoroughly documented discussion of ancient Roman ideologies of masculinity and sexuality with a focus on ancient representations of sexual experience between males It gathers a wide range of evidence from the second century B.C to the second century A.D above all from such literary texts as courtroom speeches, love poetry, philosophy, epigram, and history, but also graffiti and other inscriptions as well as artistic artifacts and uses that evidence to reconstruct the contexts within which Roman texts were created and had their meaning The book takes as its starting point the thesis that in order to understand the Roman material, we must make the effort to set aside any preconceptions we might have regarding sexuality, masculinity, and effeminacy Williams book argues in detail that for the writers and readers of Roman texts, the important distinctions were drawn not between homosexual and heterosexual, but between free and slave, dominant and subordinate, masculin and effeminate as conceived in specifically Roman terms Other important questions addressed by this book include the differences between Roman and Greek practices and ideologies the influence exerted by distinctively Roman ideals of austerity the ways in which deviations from the norms of masculine sexual practice were negotiated both in the arena of public discourse and in real men s lives the relationship between the rhetoric of nature and representations of sexual practices and the extent to which same sex marriages were publicly accepted. Best Download Kindle ePUB Roman Homosexuality by Craig Arthur Williams – bluevapours.co.uk

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  • Paperback
  • Roman Homosexuality
  • Craig Arthur Williams
  • English
  • 13 October 2017
  • 0195125053

10 thoughts on “Roman Homosexuality

  1. James Miller says:

    This was one of the best books on the Classical Past I have read I enjoyed the discussion of how the title is an ironic nod to the common misconception that our sexual categories are universal across time, space and cultures the Romans were muchkeen to consider who penetrated whom, rather than whom one penetrated This was helpfully broadened into discussions of mollitia etc which I had enjoyed in Catherine Edwards The Politics of Immorality in Ancient Rome.I also like books to open up This was one of the best books on the Classical Past I have read I enjoyed the discussion of how the title is an ironic nod to the common misconception that our sexual categories are universal across time, space and cultures the Romans were muchke...

  2. Joan says:

    I m annoyed that standard Roman lit translations don t usually include the naughty bits, which make up the abundant sourcing of Mr William s interesting study Even bad boy Catullus is usually bowdlerized, and really, what s the point Roman Homosexuality is richly detailed and analytically rigorousto the point of occasional tedium, surprising in a book about sexuality It is a worthy addition to the shelves containing those other books on classical sexuality whose titles I can t remember I m annoyed that standard Roman lit translations don t usually include the naughty bits, which make up the abundant sourcing of Mr William s interesting study Even bad boy Catullus is usually bowdlerized, and really, what s the point Roman Homosexuality is richly detailed and analytically rigorousto the point of occasional tedium, surprising in a book about sexuality It is a worthy addition to the shelves containing those other books on classical sexuality whose titles I can t r...

  3. Ryo says:

    williams does a great job explaining sexual categories in ancient Rome, and teaches plenty of dirty words too

  4. Isis says:

    I was just going to use this as reference and not actually read through it, but so far it s fascinating.Actually, I am reading too many things now to keep up with this Later.

  5. Jason Cable says:

    Fascinating look at homosexuality and attitudes in the years 200 BCE to 200 CE Excellent research was performed by the author My only complaint is that he repeated himself WAY too much.

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