8. Sex, Gender and Empire: Virgins and Eunuchs in the Ancient Mediterranean World
Willi Braun [+]
University of Alberta
In light of the anti-familial figure of the eunuch-priest and the vestal virgin (both spectacular investments in celibacy), this chapter argues that the oft-supposed centrality and stability of “the family” in Greco-Roman antiquity belongs as much to the realm of ancient and modern desire and mythmaking than to historical reality.