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Homosexuality in Greece and RomeA Sourcebook of Basic Documents$
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Thomas Hubbard

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780520223813

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520223813.001.0001

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Later Greco-Roman Antiquity

Later Greco-Roman Antiquity

(p.443) Chapter 10 Later Greco-Roman Antiquity
Homosexuality in Greece and Rome


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This chapter surveys pagan texts of the second, third, and early fourth centuries C.E. A speech by Dio of Prusa contrasts the pure and simple life of Euboean hunters to the moral corruption of city life. A quasi-philosophical dialogue by Plutarch depicts his grown son Autobulus telling a friend about a debate on love at which Plutarch himself was present. Polemon's epitome of his treatise on physiognomy has been preserved through the Arabic tradition. Lucian's Dialogues of the Courtesans and True History, and Apuleius' Apology and Metamorphoses are described. Leucippe and Clitophon features a more “sophistic” style and greater engagement with intellectual issues than that which is seen in Xenophon's novel. Longus is probably from the island of Lesbos, where his novel is set. Artemidorus of Ephesus collected for the instruction of his son a book of dreams and their interpretation. Mathesis showed signs of Stoic influence.

Keywords:   Greco-Roman antiquity, Dio of Prusa, Plutarch, Polemon, Lucian, Apuleius, Longus, Artemidorus of Ephesus, Mathesis, Leucippe and Clitophon

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