Sexuality in Antiquity

Course code AHIS3560Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

The course examines the nature and representation of sexuality in the Greek and Roman worlds. It employs literary sources including poetry, philosophy, history, and oratory as well as visual representations in pottery, statuary, painting and epigraphy. A major focus is on the ancient world conceptualisation of Eros, of masculinity, and expectations of women from childhood to adulthood. These will be treated under such topic headings as: concepts of sexuality and the nature of Eros; the worlds of the male and female; beauty; marriage, adultery, prostitution; same-sex relations; sex and violence; anxiety, repulsion, taboo.

Not available in 2015

ObjectivesAt the conclusion of the semester the student will be able to:
1. Identify and discuss the major themes and issues pertaining to the nature and expression of sexuality in the Greek and Roman world.
2. Analyse and evaluate (as well as compare) both ancient and modern interpretations of sexuality in antiquity via critical interpretation of ancient source materials (literary, artistic, and epigraphic).
3. Apply the skills required to conduct meaningful research and analysis, as well as to articulate arguments in both written and verbal forms.
ContentCourse content will be drawn from the following range of topics:
1. Concepts of sexuality and the nature of Eros
2. The male world
3. The female world
4. Beauty: competition, athletics, public display
5. Marriage, adultery, prostitution: law and custom
6. Same sex relations
7. Sex and violence
8. Sexual anxiety, repulsion, taboo
Replacing Course(s)N/A
Industrial Experience0
Assumed Knowledge20 units of Ancient History or Sociology or Gender Studies at 1000 level
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Examination: ClassOne in-class Examination (20%)
Essays / Written AssignmentsOne short quiz/text analysis exercise (10%): c.500 words
Essays / Written AssignmentsOne major Essay (40%): c. 2000-2250 words
Essays / Written AssignmentsOne written tutorial exercise (30%): c.1000-1250 words
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Fortnight for Full Term