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CLA331-001 Gender and Sexuality in Antiquity: More on Library Resources

This guide is designed for the Fall 2020 class which covers A survey of the construction of gender, sexuality, and their relation to and expression in the societies of ancient Greece and Rome. Gender roles, marriage, social problems concerning sex and vir

LIbrary Catalog

Young LIbrary

The Young Library is the main undergraduate library and houses the collection for social sciences and humanities. This library is a rich resource for materials dealing with ancient Greece and Rome as well as gender and sexuality.

Lucille Caudill Little Fine Arts Library

With its emphasis on art and music, the Lucille Caudill Little Fine Arts Library collection is a rich resource for how ancient Greeks and Romans used gender and sexuality in their creative endeavors. It also contains images on how other cultures particularly later European cultures perceived the cultures of ancient Greece and Rome. 

Key search terms

Library of Congress subject headings (LCSH) use headings such as Gender identity, Sex role, Sexual ethics, Sex customs, Prostitution and then narrow them by the place or civilization. So Gender identity - Greece or Sex role - Rome -History would be good options. Other possibilities are Rome - Moral conditions, Greece - Moral conditions and Rome - Civilization or Greece -Civilization. 

Terms that may be ambiguous in LCSH will have qualifiers such as (Greek mythological figure), (Greek deity), (Roman deity), (Legendary character), (Mythological character) etc. Examples would be Meda, consort of Aegeus, King of Athens (Mythological character), Zeus (Greek deity), Sirens (Mythology), Diana (Roman deity) and Aeneas (Legendary character). Other possible terms include authors, such as Home, Plato, Euripedes, Ovid whose works contain discussions or depictions of gender and sexuality.

Library of Congress Call Numbers for Browsing Print Collections

 There is not a single classification area for Gender and Sexuality in Ancient Greece and Rome but rather several depending on what perspective interests you.

For art (N5320-N5899 ancient art, N7760-N7763 mythology in art)

For literature (PA3015, PA5230 and PA6029 for ancient literature and PN883 for influence on modern literature)

For culture and civilization, see DE for Greece & Rome and DE5 in particular for Classical dictionaries.