Tatiana Ivleva, Rob Collins
May 18, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 372 Pages - 86 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138284029 - CAT# Y316657
Series: Routledge Monographs in Classical Studies
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Un-Roman Sex explores how gender and sex were perceived and represented outside the Mediterranean core of the Roman Empire.
The volume critically explores the gender constructs and sexual behaviours in the provinces and frontiers in light of recent studies of Roman erotic experience and flux gender identities. At its core, it challenges the unproblematised extension of the traditional Romano-Hellenistic model to the provinces and frontiers. Did sexual relations and gender identities undergo processes of "provincialisation" or "barbarisation" similar to other well-known aspects of cultural negotiation and syncretism in provincial and border regions, for example in art and religion? The eleven papers that make up the volume explore these issues from a variety of angles, providing a balanced and rounded view through use of literary, epigraphic, and archaeological evidence. Accordingly, the contributions represent new and emerging ideas on the subject of sex, gender and sexuality in the Roman provinces.
As such, Un-Roman Sex will be of interest to higher-level undergraduates, and graduates/academics, studying the Roman empire, gender and sexuality in the ancient world, and Roman frontiers.
1. Venus’ mirror: Reflections of gender and sexuality in the Roman Empire
Tatiana Ivleva and Rob Collins
Part I: Seeing (Beyond) Sex
2. On a knife-edge: An image of sex and spectacle from Roman north-west Europe
3. More than just love and sex: Venus figurines in Roman Britain
Matthew G. Fittock
4. His and Hers: Magic, materiality, and sexual imagery
Part II: Representations and Performance of the Feminine (Or is it?)
5. Barbie-bodies and coffee beans: Female genital imagery in the Mediterranean and the northwest provinces of the Roman Empire
6. Female status and gender on Roman frontier in Britain: Between representation and
7. Dressed for death? A study of female-associated burials from Roman-period Slovenia
Part III: The Stuff of "Man"
8. Coming out of the provincial closet: Masculinity, sexuality and same-sex sexual relations amongst Roman soldiers in the European northwest, first–third centuries A.D.
9. The phallus and the frontier: The form and function of phallic imagery along Hadrian’s Wall
10. Egyptian faience flaccid phallus pendants in the Mediterranean, Near East, and Black Sea regions
Alissa M. Whitmore
11. Roman and Un-Roman sex