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Gender, Sexuality and Society in Ancient Greece and Rome - 20 credits (HST018)

Greek and Roman conceptualisations of gender and sexualities have been extensively debated in the last 40 years. In this module students are introduced to key sources in the study of ancient gender and sexuality, as well as prominent debates in modern literature in the field. The approach is thematic rather than chronological, and topics to be studied include social constructions of gender identities, gender and power, gender and religion, gender and knowledge, ancient erotic literature and art. The module will consider both Greek and Roman material, ranging from Archaic Greece to Late Antiquity.