• Title: Roman Homosexuality: Ideologies of Masculinity in Classical Antiquity (Ideologies of Desire)
  • Author: Craig A. Williams
  • Released: 1999-06-10
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 416
  • ISBN: 0195125053
  • ISBN13: 978-0195125054
  • ASIN: 0195125053
Review
"...an important and ground-breaking study."--Choice


"It has become increasingly apparent that although a very wide range of sexual activity appears in Latin literature, the Romans did not classify people as 'homosexuals' or 'heterosexuals,' and that when moral judgement was passed on a sexual act it was not the identity or difference of sex in the participants that mattered--it was taken for granted that the lust of a 'real man' was aroused by young, smooth bodies--but their relative civic status. Craig Williams has now given us an admirably thorough, clear, and perceptive survey of all the relevant evidence for the Romans' evaluation of homosexual acts."--Sir Kenneth Dover


"For an introduction to Roman ideas of masculinity, and Roman attitudes toward same-sex erotic relations, this is the book to read. It is sophisticated, elegantly written, offers a wealth of examples, and explains with exemplary clarity just how Roman views of sex and identity differed from our own. Williams is a first-rate guide to this difficult and fascinating territory."--David Konstan, Brown University


"A tour de force. Roman Homosexuality is a significant contribution to the historical and cross-cultural study of same-sex relations, and a marvellous addition to our knowledge of the erotics of masculinity in Ancient Rome. Not only does the book advance classical studies--it provides a critical commentary on modernity and sexuality in our times."--Gilbert Herdt, San Francisco State University


"...a lucid and enlightening survey of Roman ideas about masculinity and same-sex relations. An important contribution to innovative scholarship in classics."--David Larmour, Texas Tech University




About the Author About the Author Craig A. Williams received his Ph.D. in Classical Languages and Literatures from Yale University in 1992 and is currently Associate Professor of Classics at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

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