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Eunuchs in antiquity and beyond

Tougher, Shaun Fitzroy, ed. 2002. Eunuchs in antiquity and beyond. London: Duckworth and Classical Press of Wales.

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Abstract

Eunuchism was a subject which both intrigued and embarrassed the ancient world. The special virtue attributed to the castrated male at court, of undistracted loyalty to his ruler, aided the promotion of numerous eunuchs to positions of great power. A literary discourse developed, reviling and sometimes defending the eminence of these 'half-men'. Here, thirteen new studies from an international cast explore how eunuchs were perceived, and also reconstruct the realities of eunuchs' lives in Greek, Roman, Byzantine and Eastern culture.

Item Type: Book
Book Type: Edited Book
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D051 Ancient History
D History General and Old World > DE The Mediterranean Region. The Greco-Roman World
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GT Manners and customs
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Publisher: Duckworth and Classical Press of Wales
ISBN: 9780715631294
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Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 01:52
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/3916

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