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Playing the Man – Performing Masculinities in the Ancient Greek Novel - Oxford Scholarship Online
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Playing the Man: Performing Masculinities in the Ancient Greek Novel

Meriel Jones


Despite the growth of research on masculinity both in Gender Studies and in Classical Studies, and the resurgence of interest in ancient fiction, no volume has yet been devoted to exploring the representation of masculinity in the Greek novels. This book examines three key discourses of ancient Greek masculinity (paideia, andreia, and sexual ideology) evidenced in the five so-called ‘ideal’ Greek novels (those of Chariton, Xenophon of Ephesus, Achilles Tatius, Longus, and Heliodorus). Jones argues that while some of the narratives may be set in the classical past, the masculine concerns they d ... More

Keywords: masculinity, performance of gender, paideia. andreia, sexual ideology, image, masculine script, playing the man, gender subversion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199570089
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199570089.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Meriel Jones, author
Honorary Research Fellow, Department of Classics, University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

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