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A Cultural History of Sexuality in the Classical World

A Cultural History of Sexuality in the Classical World, Volume 1

by Mark Golden

Mark Golden is Professor of Classics at the University of Winnipeg, Canada and author of Children and Childhood in Classical Athens, Sport and Society in Ancient Greece, Sport in the Ancient World from A to Z, and Greek Sport and Social Status. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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and Peter Toohey

Peter Toohey is Professor in the Department of Greek and Roman Studies at the University of Calgary, Canada and is author of Reading Epic, Epic Lessons and Melancholy, Love and Time. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Academic, 2011
  • DOI:
    10.5040/9781350049666
  • ISBN:
    978-1-3500-4966-6 (online)

    978-1-84788-800-6 (hardback)

    978-1-4725-3920-5 (paperback)
  • Edition:
    First edition
  • Place of Publication:
    London
  • Published Online:
    2017
A Cultural History of Sexuality in the Classical World
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Though many of the sexual practices of the Ancient Greeks and Romans are known and accepted today, the meanings the Ancients associated with these acts were often utterly different from our own. Both idea and practice also varied within antiquity, shaped by locale, history, social class, age, legal status, and gender. Focusing on the cultures of the Mediterranean from 800 BCE to 350 CE, A Cultural History of Sexuality in the Classical World covers sexual practices, feelings, and ideas from the time of Homer to the transformation of the Roman Empire.

A Cultural History of Sexuality in the Classical World presents an overview of the period with essays on heterosexuality, homosexuality, sexual variations, religious and legal issues, health concerns, popular beliefs about sexuality, prostitution and erotica.