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Men Romans: the body, love and sexuality according to the Epigrams of Martial

Grant number: 13/23918-3
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): February 01, 2014
Effective date (End): December 31, 2014
Field of knowledge:Humanities - History - Ancient and Medieval History
Principal Investigator:Lourdes Madalena Gazarini Conde Feitosa
Grantee:Filipe Cesar da Silva
Host Institution: Centro de Ciências Humanas. Universidade do Sagrado Coração (USC). Bauru , SP, Brazil


Studies of gender and sexuality have woven strong criticism of essentialist conceptions formulated in Western societies, and allowed to analyze the changing character, social, and cultural history both. Thus considered, the purpose of this analysis is to reflect on the interface between the biological and the social, cultural and historical, considering the variations in the compositions of gender and sexuality in Roman society, especially about masculinity. Seek to identify, through Erotic Epigrams of Marcus Valerius Martial, profiles masculinidade presented in the work, permeating the body and sex-affective relationships, as well as traces of social tensions apparent in discursive representation of the author about the places social established to various groups. This research will be developed through reading and analysis of the work of Marcial and contemporary historiographical discussions on the topic.

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