CLAS 307

Gender and Sexuality in the Ancient Mediterranean

Prerequisite: Sophomores admitted by permission; a 100- level course in classical studies or in gender studies is recommended. Study of the cultural constructs of sex and gender as seen in the literature, law and material culture of Greek and Roman societies (including Egypt and the Near East in the Greco-Roman period). Explores societal stereotypes regarding women’s abilities and behavior and the strategies devised by women in response to those stereotypes. Attitudes toward marriage and the family, homosexuality, and fertility control will also be treated. Emphasis will be on interpretation of ancient texts, literary, legal and documentary (all in English translation), and current scholarship. Topic and time period will vary. Offered alternate years. May be counted as an auxiliary course toward the minor in gender studies. III.O, V.5

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