Roman Homosexuality


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Abbreviations Notes to the Second Edition Preface Introduction 1: Roman Traditions 2: Greece and Rome 3: The Concept of Stuprum 4: Effeminacy and Masculinity 5: Sexual Roles and Identities Conclusions Appendix 1 Appendix 2 Appendix 3 Appendix 4 Afterword Notes Works Cited Index of Passages Cited General Index

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Craig A. Williams is Associate Professor of Classics, Brooklyn College, City University of New York.


"This book may do more for the understanding of classical sexuality than any since Kenneth Dover's Greek Homosexuality of twenty years ago."--Times Literary Supplement "This is an important and ground-breaking study."--Choice "This book by Craig A. Williams combines lucid analysis of the protocols governing male sexual behavior in ancient Rome with comprehensive documentation from literary sources.... It is a landmark work of scholarship and should prove accessible to scholars of all disciplines."--American Historical Review "This indispensable book persuasively sets forth gender identity, not sexual orientation, as the fulcrum of male sexual significance in Roman society."--Religious Studies Review "A major contribution to the study of gender and sexuality in ancient RomeEL. Williams provides a compelling study of the ideologies of masculinity and homosexuality in Rome. Through a mastery and systematic examination of the sources, and by stressing the discontinuity between ancient and modern conceptual frameworks on sexuality, he shows how the Romans were able to accommodate aspects of homosexuality into a larger landscape of gender identity and accepted sexual behavior. Williams has raised the tenor of the analysis of homosexuality in antiquity to a new high-he has done for the Romans what Dover did for the Greeks two decades ago."-Richard J. Hoffman, Journal of the History of Sexuality "The first truly comprehensive book, in any language, on male homosexuality in the ancient Roman world."- Beert Verstraete, Journal of Homosexuality

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