Ancient Rome and the Construction of Modern Homosexual Identities, ed. J. Ingleheart (Classical Presences), Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2015, pp. xvii + 358. ISBN 9780199689729, £90.00.

  • Martin T. DinterEmail author
  • Astrid Khoo
Book Review

In the last two decades, homosexuality in the ancient world – first introduced into the classics mainstream by Kenneth J. Dover’s Greek Homosexuality (1978) – has benefited from substantial contributions. These range from monographs such as Craig Williams’s Roman Homosexuality: Ideologies of Masculinity in Classical Antiquity (1999, 20052) to sourcebooks such as Andrew Calimach’s Lovers’ Legends: The Gay Greek Myths (2002) and Thomas K. Hubbard’s Homosexuality in Greece and Rome: A Sourcebook of Basic Documents (2003). More recently, collective volumes, including Same-Sex Desire and Love in Greco-Roman Antiquity and in the Classical Tradition of the West, edited by Beert C. Verstraete and Vernon Provencal (2005), have bridged the gap between ancient and modern homosexuality. Jennifer Ingleheart has established herself as an authority on this particular link: in addition to editing the volume under review on the reception of Roman homosexuality, a phenomenon which she christens...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.King’s College LondonLondonUK

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