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Perlen für Pompeius

Männlichkeit und ökonomischer Diskurs in der Naturkunde des älteren Plinius

Meike Rühl

Pages 575 - 597

This paper discusses the idea of masculinity in Pliny’s Naturalis historia. It explores whether there exists a kind of ‘ideal man’ and, if so, who that might be, to what degree questions of sex and/or gender matter and if this idea of a perfect man fits into the contemporary discourse on masculinity. Finally, it offers a closer look at the challenges and dangers a recently conquered empire provides for Roman masculinity.


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