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As the Roman empire expanded eastwards, Rome began to encounter foreign powers which used eunuchs in the roles of court attendants, religious figures and teachers. Initially an alien and unacceptable practice, the use of eunuchs in Roman society increased with the emergence of the Roman Emperors. Sporus was the young lover of Nero and in the later Empire Eutropius was the only eunuch ever to be consul. More surprisingly eunuchs such as the orator Favorinus could be free citizens, and the reconquest of Italy under Justinian I was led by a eunuch, Narses. Shaun Tougher examines themes of castration, sex, slavery and political power through individual figures in Roman history.

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New perspectives on the eunuchs of the Roman Empire.

Synopsis:

As the Roman empire expanded eastwards, Rome began to encounter foreign powers which used eunuchs in the roles of court attendants, religious figures and teachers. Initially an alien and unacceptable practice, the use of eunuchs in Roman society increased with the emergence of the Roman Emperors. Sporus was the young lover of Nero and in the later Empire Eutropius was the only eunuch ever to be consul. More surprisingly eunuchs such as the orator Favorinus could be free citizens, and the reconquest of Italy under Justinian I was led by a eunuch, Narses. Shaun Tougher examines themes of castration, sex, slavery and political power through individual figures in Roman history.

Table of Contents

1.Eunuchs in Antiquity
2.Cybele, Attis and the Galli
3.Terence's Eunuch
4.Cleopatra's Eunuchs
5.Slaves of the Emperors
6.Free Eunuchs
7.Christian Eunuchs
8.Court Eunuchs of the Later Roman Empire
9.Military Eunuchs
10.Conclusion: Roman Eunuchs and Beyond
Bibliography
Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781847251688
Author:
Tougher, Shaun
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Subject:
Ancient - General
Subject:
World History-Ancient History
Subject:
Social history
Subject:
Gender Studies
Subject:
Ancient - Rome
Subject:
World History-Ancient Near East
Publication Date:
20160231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
10
Pages:
248
Dimensions:
9.27 x 6.36 x 1.111 in

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Gender Studies » General
History and Social Science » World History » Ancient History
History and Social Science » World History » Ancient Near East
History and Social Science » World History » General

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As the Roman empire expanded eastwards, Rome began to encounter foreign powers which used eunuchs in the roles of court attendants, religious figures and teachers. Initially an alien and unacceptable practice, the use of eunuchs in Roman society increased with the emergence of the Roman Emperors. Sporus was the young lover of Nero and in the later Empire Eutropius was the only eunuch ever to be consul. More surprisingly eunuchs such as the orator Favorinus could be free citizens, and the reconquest of Italy under Justinian I was led by a eunuch, Narses. Shaun Tougher examines themes of castration, sex, slavery and political power through individual figures in Roman history.
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