Sex and Gender in Ancient Rome

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Sex and Gender in Ancient Rome

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This course investigates Roman categories of gender and sex through ancient and modern theories of gender and sexuality, especially Michel Foucault's controversial thesis on ancient sexuality. Students examine ancient philosophy, rhetoric, poetry, graffiti, novels, and visual culture to discuss the lived experiences of Roman people, whether gladiators, senators, sex workers, or matrons. Special attention is paid to the diversity of experiences recorded outside of canonical texts, and the influence of foreign cultures on Roman thought and practices. Recommended background: CM/HI 101, 108, or 109.

Writing Credit

No writing credit

INDS Program Relationship

IDCM - CMS Program, IDGS - GSS Program

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Class Restriction

Exclude First Years