Later Greco-Roman Antiquity


in Homosexuality in Greece and Rome

Published by University of California Press

Published in print December 2003 | ISBN: 9780520223813
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520936508 | DOI:
Later Greco-Roman Antiquity

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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

Chapter.  43463 words. 

Subjects: Greek and Roman Archaeology

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