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The Rhetoric of Manhood: Masculinity in the Attic Orators

Joseph Roisman


The concept of manhood was immensely important in ancient Athens, shaping its political, social, legal, and ethical systems. This book is a study of manhood in fourth-century Athens and provides an examination of notions about masculinity found in the Attic orators, who represent one of the most important sources for understanding the social history of this period. While previous studies have assumed a uniform ideology about manhood, this book finds that Athenians had quite varied opinions about what constituted manly values and conduct. The text situates the evidence for ideas about manhood f ... More

Keywords: fourth-century Athens, social history, manly values, manly conduct, family man, male friends, male lovers, masculine shame, male self-control, male fear

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780520241923
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520241923.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joseph Roisman, author