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CLAS 328 A: Sex, Gender, And Representation In Greek And Roman Literature

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Meeting Time: 
MWF 11:30am - 12:20pm
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Joint Sections: 
CLAS 328 B
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Sarah Levin-Richardson

Syllabus Description:

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CLAS 328: Sex, Gender, and Representation in Greek and Roman Culture

This course is taught synchronously on MWF 11:30am-12:20pm

This class explores how the categories of gender and sexuality were defined, represented, replicated, and policed in ancient Greece and Rome. What were the expectations for proper male and female behavior in Greece and Rome? What were considered appropriate sexual objects and sexual acts? How were men and women, and their gender and sexual roles, represented in literature? How did the Greeks and Romans make sure that the boundaries of these roles were maintained?  No prior knowledge is needed.

The required textbooks (below) can be found at the U bookstore,, and other book sellers for about $40 total; be sure to get the SECOND edition of the Ormand text!

Ormand, Kirk. 2018. Controlling Desires: Sexuality in Ancient Greece and Rome. SECOND EDITION. University of Texas Press. [ISBN: 978-1477311455]

Nehamas, Alexander and Paul Woodruff, trans. 1989. Plato Symposium. Indianapolis, IN: Hackett Publishing. [ISBN: 978-0872200760]

Catalog Description: 
Affirmation and inversion of gender roles in Greek and Roman literature, myths of male and female heroism; marginalization of female consciousness; interaction of gender, status, and sexual preference in love poetry. Readings from epic, drama, historiography, romance, and lyric.
GE Requirements: 
Diversity (DIV)
Individuals and Societies (I&S)
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Last updated: 
October 15, 2020 - 8:02pm