Ancient Novels Reading Group


Gender, Sex, and Romance:
Ancient Novels Reading Group

The Ancient Novels reading group is put on by the Embodied Religion research theme of the Sheffield Institute for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies and in collaboration with the School of English. This semester, the group will read Leucippe and Clitophon by Achillies Tatius. Leucippe and Clitophon showcases the various ways that ancient bodies are used to “think with.” This swashbuckling novel provides a lens into issues of gender, sex, and romance in antiquity. 

All welcome!
Mondays 5:00–6:00pm, Red Deer Pub (Upstairs)
Email Dr. Meredith Warren ( for more information and for readings.


15 February: Introductory Meeting

  • Leucippe & Clitophon, trans. John J. Winkler in B. P. Reardon, ed., Collected Ancient Greek Novels (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2008.

29 February: Constructing Gender

  • Virginia Burrus, “Mimicking Virgins: Colonial Ambivalence and the Ancient Romance,” Arethusa 38 (2005): 49–88

14 March: Heterosexuality

  • Kate Cooper, “The Ancient Novel,” pp. 20–44 in The Virgin and the Bride Idealized (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1996).

11 April: Homosexuality

  • Joseph Dubé, “Boy Oh Boy: Homoeroticism in the Ancient Greek Novel,” Hirundo: The McGill Journal of Classical Studies 3 (2005): 75–90.

2 May: Sex & Violence

  • Katharine Haynes, “Heroines,” pp. 44–100 in Fashioning the Feminine (London: Routledge, 2003).

16 May: Who Gets a Happy Ending?

  • Jason König, “Body and Text,” pp. 127–144 in The Cambridge Companion to the Greek Novel (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008).

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