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Ancient Sexualities
CCIV 350
Fall 2007 not offered
Crosslisting: FGSS 268

Along with the invention of homosexuality as both word and concept came an historical evaluation of expressions of sexuality in various civilizations, including ancient Greece and Rome. Beginning with the late Victorian classicists J. A. Symonds and the circle of Oscar Wilde (trained at Oxford in Classics, or, as it was called at the time, "Greats"), this scholarly enterprise has enjoyed a renewed flourishing in the last 30 years. Many second-wave feminist scholars have studied the roles of women in both ancient civilizations, including the possibilities for expressions of female desire and women's sexualities; many classicists have studied the expressions of both male and female sexual experience in antiquity; meanwhile, other scholars have theorized the sex/gender systems of various cultures. In this course we shall read among these (all too often disparate) bodies of scholarship, attempting both to understand the varieties of sexual experience in ancient Greece and Rome and also to understand the current state of these scholarly enterprises. OBJECTIVES: Designed for both classical studies majors and nonmajors, this course takes as its overarching objective the study of the history and theories of sexuality as they apply to classical antiquity. For majors, the primary texts read may be familiar, but the analysis new; for nonmajors, the tools of analysis may be familiar, but the cultural specifics and primary texts analyzed may be new. This course is designed, then, to broaden the intellectual horizons of all students, be they classical studies majors or not.

Essential Capabilities: None
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA CLAS
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Student Option
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None

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