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pornography  

Helen King

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Mar 2016
Pornography can be understood as the explicit representation of sexual activity, in images or in writing; however, many scholars would argue that neither representing sexual activity, nor obscenity, ... More

Priape(i)a  

Lindsay Watson

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Mar 2016
Priape(i)a are poems about the phallic god *Priapus, addressed to him, spoken by him, or invoking him. The genre is well represented in Hellenistic and later *epigram, but the range of topics is ... More

prostitution, secular, female  

Madeleine M. Henry

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Dec 2015
The prostitution of women (broadly defined here as the exchange of a female's sexual service, with or without her consent, for some other resource) may have arisen in Greece/Hellas out of ... More

prostitution, secular, male  

D. M. Halperin

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Mar 2016
Male prostitution was a common feature of ancient Greek and Roman societies, and to many ancient city-dwellers it was an unremarkable fact of social life. Male brothels, consisting of individual ... More

Pudicitia  

Nicholas Purcell

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Mar 2016
Pudicitia, the personification at Rome of women's *chastity and modesty, interestingly identified originally as specific to patrician women until the cult of Pudicitia Patricia in the *forum Boarium ... More

Quinctius Atta, Titus  

Peter G. M. Brown

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Dec 2015
(d. 77 bce, according to Jerome), author of fabulae togatae (some 25 lines and twelve titles survive) and epigrams (one hexameter survives). Praised in antiquity for his character-drawing ... More

sex, anal  

Jeffrey Henderson

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Jan 2019
Anal sex with males and females, amply attested in Greece and Rome, was subject, especially for free males, to distinct normative and legal constraints that varied from place to place, ... More

sexuality  

Amy Richlin

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Mar 2016
Greeks, Romans, and their neighbours have left multiple definitions of sexual norms; all differed radically from those of the modern West in taking puberty as the onset of sexual life and ... More

sexual representation, visual  

John R. Clarke

This article treats visual representations of sex between human beings, hypersexual humans and demigods, and phalli in terms of their meanings for ancient Greeks and Romans and their ... More

Soranus, of Ephesus, physician  

Helen King

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Jul 2015
Under *Trajan and *Hadrian (ce ... More

Sulpicia (1), elegiac poet  

Laurel Fulkerson

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Dec 2015
Sulpicia (1), daughter or perhaps granddaughter of Servius Sulpicius Rufus, niece and ward of M. Valerius Messalla Corvinus. Her six short elegies, 3.13–18 (= 4.7–12) in the Tibullan collection (see ... More

widows  

Gillian Clark

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Mar 2016
In Classical Athens were expected to live under the protection of a male relative and to remarry if possible. There was often an age-gap between husband and wife, and young widows were thought to be ... More

women  

Helen King

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Jul 2015
Almost all information about women in antiquity comes to us from male sources. Some women could read and write (see literacy), at least to the level needed for their role as guardians of the ... More

Zenobia  

John Frederick Drinkwater

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Mar 2016
Zenobia (Septimia), or in *AramaicBath Zabbai, one of the great women of classical antiquity (PLRE 1. 990 f.). The second wife of *Septimius Odaenathus of *Palmyra, on his death in ce 267, in ... More

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