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By Joseph Roisman

The idea of manhood used to be immensely vital in old Athens, shaping its political, social, criminal, and moral structures. This booklet, a groundbreaking research of manhood in fourth-century Athens, is the 1st to supply a complete exam of notions approximately masculinity present in the Attic orators, who characterize essentially the most vital resources for realizing the social heritage of this era. whereas past experiences have assumed a uniform ideology approximately manhood, Joseph Roisman unearths that Athenians had particularly diverse evaluations approximately what constituted manly values and behavior. He situates the facts for ideas approximately manhood present in the Attic orators in its ancient, ideological, and theoretical contexts to discover a variety of manifestations of Athenian masculinity in addition to the rhetoric that either articulated and puzzled it.

Roisman makes a speciality of themes reminiscent of the nexus among manhood and age; on Athenian males of their roles as relatives, buddies, and fanatics; at the inspiration of masculine disgrace; on relatives among social and fiscal prestige and manhood; on manhood within the army and politics; at the manly advantage of self-discipline; and on what males feared.

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