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CLAS 3239 | Ancient Medicine: The Classical Roots of the Medical Humanities: Unit 2: Gender and Sexuality in Ancient Medicine

Welcome to Ancient Medicine: The Classical Roots of the Medical Humanities, a course designed to introduce you to the main themes and ideas in the medical literature produced by the ancient Greeks and Romans.

About Gender and Sexuality

These texts explore and reflect Greek and Roman ideas about gender, sexuality, sexual reproduction, obstetrics, gynecology, and the like. They include sources written from medical and scientific perspectives (e.g. works attributed to Hippocrates and Aristotle), poetic tragedies, epic poems like Lucretius' epic poem De Rerum Natura  (On the Nature of Things), papyrological evidence such as contracts for wet nurses and female caregivers, and more.

Women's Life in Greece and Rome

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Lefkowitz: The Wandering Womb

Seneca's Phaedra

Lucretius' De Rerum Natura (On the Nature of Things)