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In the essays, Jonathan Walters defines the impenetrable male body as the ideational norm
Holt Parker and Catharine Edwards treat literary and legal models of male sexual deviance
Anthony Corbeill unpacks political charges of immoral behavior at banquets, while Marilyn B. Skinner, Ellen Oliensis, and David Fredrick trace linkages between social status and the gender role of the male speaker in Roman lyric and elegy
Amy Richlin interrogates popular medical belief about the female body
Sandra R. Joshel examines the semiotics of empire underlying the historiographic portrayal of the empress Messalina
Judith P. Hallett and Pamela Gordon critique Roman caricatures of the woman-desiring woman
and Alison Keith discovers subversive allusions to the tragedy of Dido in the elegist Sulpicia's self-depiction as a woman in love.
Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Sex customs Rome History, Sex in literature, Rome in literature, Classical literature, Feminist criticism, Rome Social life and customs