Reading Gender in Curtius’ Portrait of Babylonian Prostitution (36-39)

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This article examines the moralizing digression on Babylonian prostitution we encounter in Curtius’ Latin history of Alexander the Great (Historiae Alexandri Magni, 5.1.36-39.). It shows how the digression follows the Herodotean model of writing history and – at the same time – promotes the Roman gender system and contemporary views of prostitution.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSources et modèles des historiens, 2
EditorsOlivier Devillers, Breno Sebastiani
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Publication typeB2 Book chapter

Publication series

NameScripta antiqua
ISSN (Print)1298-1990


  • Curtius Quintus Rufus
  • Roman history
  • Prostitution
  • Latin literature


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