This cultural history course examines the nature and representation of gender and sexuality in the ancient Greek and Roman worlds. The primary focus is on the ancient world's conceptualisation of erotic attraction and desire; masculinity; and femininity. These are examined in the context of concepts of beauty; the institution of marriage; prostitution; same-sex relations; sex and violence; anxiety and repulsion, taboo; and pornography. To better understand the varied and, at times, complex world of the ancients' private lives, students are introduced to several historical methodologies. These include analysis of literary sources, such as poetry, philosophy, history, and oratory. Material culture, such as pottery, statuary, painting, epigraphy and graffiti are also examined. The secondary focus, on modern theories of gender, sexuality and the body, introduce students to various approaches to interpreting the same themes in antiquity. These theories are also considered in comparative analyses of gender and sexuality in ancient and modern contexts.
Availability2019 Course Timetables
- Semester 2 - 2019
This course replaces the following course(s): AHIS3560. Students who have successfully completed AHIS3560 are not eligible to enrol in AHIS2560.
On successful completion of the course students will be able to:
1. Identify the major themes and issues pertaining to gender and sexuality in Greek and Roman antiquity;
2. Analyse representations of gender and sexuality in antiquity via critical interpretations of ancient source materials (written, artistic, and epigraphic);
3. Evaluate representations of gender and sexuality in modern and contemporary contexts in comparison with ancient traditions;
4. Assess and interpret modern interpretations of gender and sexuality in antiquity via critical interpretation of modern theories of sexuality, gender, and the body;
5. Demonstrate skills to effectively articulate arguments in written and verbal form.
Course content will be drawn from the following range of topics:
- Concepts of gender
- Concepts of sexuality
- The nature of erotic attraction and desire
- The male world
- The female world
- Beauty: competition, athletics, public display
- Marriage, adultery, prostitution: law and custom
- Same-sex relations
- Sex and violence
- Sexual anxiety, repulsion, taboo, and pornography
- Modern theories of sexuality, gender, and the body
This course replaces AHIS3560. If you have successfully completed AHIS3560 you cannot enrol in this course.
20 units of Ancient History or History or Sociology at 1000 level or above
Essay: Major Essay - 35%
Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Tutorial Exercise 1 - 15%
Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Tutorial Exercise 2 - 15%
Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Tutorial Exercise 3 - 15%
Journal: Journal - 20%
Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Fortnight for Full Term