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Masculine Plural: Queer Classics, Sex, and Education

Jennifer Ingleheart


The Classics were core to the curriculum and ethos of the intensely homosocial Victorian and Edwardian public schools. Yet ancient homosexuality and erotic pedagogy were problematic to the educational establishment, which expurgated classical texts with sexual content. This volume analyses the intimate nexus between the Classics, sex, and education primarily through the figure of the schoolmaster Philip Gillespie Bainbrigge (1890–1918), whose clandestine writings explore homoerotic desires and comment on classical education. It reprints Bainbrigge’s surviving works: Achilles in Scyros (a verse ... More

Keywords: classical education, Latin, history of sexuality, Queer Classics, Classical Reception, sex, public school, Philip Gillespie Bainbrigge, A. E. Housman, Rome

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198819677
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198819677.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jennifer Ingleheart, author
Professor of Latin, Durham University

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