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Level 5

5AACTL37 Ancient Sexuality II

Credit value: 15
Module convenor/tutor: Dr Martin Dinter
Teaching pattern: 10 x 2-hour seminars (weekly)
Availability: Please see module list for relevant year
Assessment: 1 x 2-hour examination (100%)

Students are reassessed in the failed elements of assessment and by the same methods as the first attempt.

Assessment pattern for Graduate Diploma/Study Abroad students

The assessment pattern below applies for Semester 1-only Study Abroad students (when the module runs in Semester 1). Study Abroad students otherwise follow the undergraduate assessment pattern listed above. 

Assessment: 2 x 2,000-word essays (100%, essays worth 50% each)

Students are reassessed in the failed elements of assessment and by the same methods as the first attempt.

The modules offered in each academic year are subject to change in line with staff availability and student demand: there is no guarantee every module will run. Module descriptions and information may vary between years.

This module will examine a wide range of texts and images which provide evidence about concepts, beliefs, ideologies and sexual practices in the ancient world. It will look in particular at the Roman material that has come down to us (while Ancient Sexuality I concentrates on Ancient Greek material).  It will look art, ancient novels, didactic poetry as well as the early Christian texts. We will also consider modern debates about and theoretical approaches to sexuality and gender and how these relate to the material from the ancient world. In addition, anxieties and fantasies of the modern world, as well as beliefs and prejudices, have shaped our interpretation and understanding of this ancient evidence. 

This module is taught in translation.

Core reading

Students will be expected to purchase a copy of:

  • Marilyn B. Skinner, Sexuality in Greek and Roman Culture. Oxford:  Blackwell, 2013 (second edition!!!) ISBN: 978-1-4443-4986-3
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