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Sex and Difference in Ancient Greece and Rome

Mark Golden and Peter Toohey


This book collects and introduces some of the writing on sexual behaviour and gender differences in ancient Greece and ancient Rome, including four chapters translated from German and French. For centuries, discussions of sexuality and gender in the ancient world, if they took place at all, focussed 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 ... More

Keywords: sexual behaviour, gender differences, ancient Greece, ancient Rome, sexuality, gender, ancient world, public sphere, community, home

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Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780748613199
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748613199.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark Golden, author

Peter Toohey, author

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Part I Before Foucault: Prehistory

Part II Foucault and After: The Construction of Ancient Gender and Sexuality

Section II. 1 Representation: Pro-Foucault

Section II. 2. Representation: Anti-Foucault

Section II. 3 Gender, Sex and the Body: Engendering the Body

Part III What if There Were No Foucault? Separate Spheres Revisited

Part IV Outside The Game: Gods, Eunuchs and Cross-Dressing