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dc.contributor.advisorMarks, Raymondeng
dc.contributor.authorRowlands, Rhiannon M.eng
dc.date.issued2014eng
dc.date.submitted2014 Springeng
dc.description"May 2014."eng
dc.descriptionDissertation Supervisor: Dr. Raymond Marks.eng
dc.descriptionIncludes vita.eng
dc.description.abstractThis dissertation explores Roman perceptions of eunuchs, particularly their perceived sex and gender. It covers both slave eunuchs castrated as infants or young children and the galli who are self-castrated after puberty. In observing the categories and interpretations given to eunuch bodies, I demonstrate the social and cultural elements that factor into determining what is generally considered to be biological sex. By examining ancient Greek and Roman medical texts, I show that sex in the ancient world was considered more fluid than it is today. One was not born with a fixed sex but rather the male sex was created by transformation through the process of puberty. This process could fail naturally, resulting in the sex category of "female", or be interrupted artificially through castration. While eunuchs in general were not typically considered fully male, the categories to which they were assigned varied and often depended on the age or social position of the eunuch. Although eunuchs were ambiguous in their sex, they were not perceived as asexual. Indeed, the conceptual association of slave eunuchs with either women or attractive youths made them potential objects of erotic desire for men. And the conceptual association of galli with cinaedi led to them being perceived as highly sexual with both men and women.eng
dc.description.bibrefIncludes bibliographical references (pages 141-147).eng
dc.format.extent1 online resource (3 files)eng
dc.identifier.merlinb107808328eng
dc.identifier.oclc906041277eng
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10355/44199
dc.identifier.urihttps://doi.org/10.32469/10355/44199eng
dc.languageEnglisheng
dc.publisherUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
dc.relation.ispartofcommunityUniversity of Missouri--Columbia. Graduate School. Theses and Dissertationseng
dc.rightsOpenAccess.eng
dc.rights.licenseThis work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 License.
dc.sourceSubmitted by the University of Missouri--Columbia Graduate Schooleng
dc.subjectAuthor supplied: eunuchs; gender; sex; Roman eunuchs; gallieng
dc.titleEunuchs and sex : beyond sexual dichotomy in the Roman worldeng
dc.typeThesiseng
thesis.degree.disciplineClassical studies (MU)eng
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
thesis.degree.levelDoctoraleng
thesis.degree.namePh. D.eng


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