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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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(p.308) Chapter 7. Republican Rome
Homosexuality in Greece and Rome


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The knowledge of the early Roman Republic is mostly legendary and is preserved predominately by historians writing long after the events they describe. The earliest evidence for homosexual acts concerns the late fourth century. Livy wrote a lengthy history of Rome from its foundation up to his own time. Dionysius wrote a comprehensive history of Rome, but in the Greek language. Plutarch offered various explanations of why Roman boys wore an amulet called the “bulla.” Polybius explained Rome's ascendance to the Greeks. Aulus Gellius wrote a literary and historical miscellany called the “Attic Nights” in the late second century C.E., preserving many notable quotations and anecdotes. Novius was a slightly younger contemporary of Pomponius who also wrote Atellan farces. Nepos was the historian to whom Catullus dedicated his collection of poems. Pliny the Younger published a series of literary epistles in the first decade of the second century C.E.

Keywords:   Roman Republic, homosexual acts, Livy, Dionysius, Plutarch, Polybius, Aulus Gellius, Novius, Nepos, Pliny the Younger

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