Sexual Morality in Ancient Rome
By (author) Rebecca Langlands
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Sexual Morality in Ancient Rome by Rebecca Langlands
Book DescriptionTraditionally, scholars have approached Roman sexuality using categories of sexual ethics drawn from contemporary, Western society. In this 2006 book Dr Langlands seeks to move away from these towards a deeper understanding of the issues that mattered to the Romans themselves, and the ways in which they negotiated them, by focusing on the untranslatable concept of pudicitia (broadly meaning 'sexual virtue'). She offers a series of nuanced close readings of texts from a wide spectrum of Latin literature, including history, oratory, love poetry and Valerius Maximus' work Memorable Deeds and Sayings. Pudicitia emerges as a controversial and unsettled topic, at the heart of Roman debates about the difference between men and women, the relation between mind and body, and the ethics of power and status differentiation within Roman culture. The book develops strategies for approaching the study of an ancient culture through sensitive critical readings of its literary productions.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521859431
(228mm x 152mm x 27mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 25-May-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Rebecca Langlands
Sex, Knowledge, and Receptions of the Past, Hardback (September 2015)
In this ground-breaking and interdisciplinary collection, leading scholars show that claims about the past have been crucial in articulating sexual morals, driving political, legal, and social change, shaping individual identities, and constructing and grounding knowledge about sex.
Sexual Morality in Ancient Rome, Paperback (February 2009)» View all books by Rebecca Langlands
A 2006 study of Roman sexuality and sexual ethics focusing on the crucial and unsettled concept of pudicitia.
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Author Biography - Rebecca Langlands
Rebecca Langlands is Lecturer in Classics at the University of Exeter.
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