“Understanding and Writing about Same-Sex Desire between Men in the Later Roman Empire”
In this talk Mark will speak of the challenges in and reasons for writing about same-sex desire among men in the Roman empire of the 300s and 400s CE. Speaking specifically from his disciplinary location as a Classicist, he will also address evidence and conclusions in his new book, Man to Man: Desire, Homosociality and Authority in Late-Roman Manhood (Ohio 2014).
Mark Masterson is Senior Lecturer of Classics at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. He has published articles and book chapters on Statius, Vitruvius, the Historia Monachorum, Eugene O’Neill, Emperor Julian, Arnobius and Iamblichus, St. Augustine and current New Zealand health policy, the state of masculinity studies in Classics. His monograph, Man to Man: Desire, Homosociality, and Authority in Late-Roman Manhood (Ohio) will be released in late October.