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References to nakedness are sparse in Herodotean ethnography, despite his general interest in matters of sexuality and the treatment of women. Greek male athletic nudity is straightforwardly presented as a norm, albeit one that is shared by few non-Greek peoples, while female nakedness, taboo in most of the Greek world, is described as even more shameful for non-Greeks. In the tales of Gyges and Candaules’ wife (Book 1) and of Periander of Corinth (Book 5), a willingness to outrage propriety with regard to female nakedness is presented as indicative of the instability of tyrants and despots.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHerodotus Encyclopedia
EditorsChristopher Baron
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)9781119113522
ISBN (Print)9781118689646
Publication statusPublished - 30 Mar 2021


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