Gender in Roman Britain

Melanie Sherratt and Alison Moore

in The Oxford Handbook of Roman Britain

Published in print September 2016 | ISBN: 9780199697731
Published online November 2015 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Gender in Roman Britain

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Despite an increasing interest in social identity, the topic of gender identity remains under-theorized within Romano-British archaeology: gender categories are often assumed to be fixed and unchanging within the archaeological literature on the province. However, the concept of gender is complex and is impacted on by other aspects of social identity such as age, status, and ethnicity. This chapter provides an overview of the development of gender as a subject in the archaeological record of Roman Britain and explores the problems and potential of how gender is approached in present scholarship through four key areas: burial evidence, dress and adornment, economic activity, and family roles.

Keywords: gender identity; gender theory; femininity; masculinity; homosexuality; dress and adornment; family structure; burial evidence; economic roles

Article.  8636 words. 

Subjects: Classical Studies ; Ancient Roman History ; Gender and Sexuality

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