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Imperialism, Power, and IdentityExperiencing the Roman Empire$
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David J. Mattingly

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780691160177

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691160177.001.0001

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Power, Sex, and Empire

Power, Sex, and Empire

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(p.94) Chapter Four Power, Sex, and Empire
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Imperialism, Power, and Identity
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David J. Mattingly

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691160177.003.0004

This chapter focuses on the workings of power on the body and the centrality of power as a sociological and historical theme. It explores the dynamics of power in imperial situations and assesses the value of comparative studies in colonial discourse by examining aspects of sex in the Roman world and more recent colonial societies. The chapter is also written in reaction to much recent scholarship on the concept of power in the Roman world. While the specific subject is sexual power and its effect on shaping Roman sexual attitudes, the broader aim is to refocus interest on the distorting influence of power on social development and change in the Roman world.

Keywords:   Roman Empire, sex, sexuality, sexual power, sexual attitudes, sexual behavior, imperial power

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