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Catalog Archive / Fall 2022

The Discourse of Marriage in the Greco-Roman World
Edited by Jeffrey Beneker and Georgia Tsouvala

Wisconsin Studies in Classics
Series Editors: Laura McClure, Mark Stansbury-O’Donnell and Matthew Roller

“A highly original group of essays. The authors (as well as the editors) have splendidly accomplished their goal of documenting how close study of the language and iconography, and careful scrutiny of artistic and literary qualities and allusions, illuminate evolving attitudes about marriage. They have made a major contribution to the study of marriage in Greco-Roman antiquity.”
—Judith P. Hallett, University of Maryland, College Park

The famous polymath Plutarch often discussed the relationship between spouses in his works, including Marriage Advice, Dialogue on Love, and many of the Parallel Lives. In this collection, leading scholars explore the marital views expressed in Plutarch's works and the art, philosophy, and literature produced by his contemporaries and predecessors.

Through aesthetically informed and sensitive modes of analysis, these contributors examine a wealth of representations—including violence in weddings and spousal devotion after death. The Discourse of Marriage in the Greco-Roman World demonstrates the varying conceptions of an institution that was central to ancient social and political life—and remains prominent in the modern world. This volume will contribute to scholars' understanding of the era and fascinate anyone interested in historic depictions of marriage and the role and status of women in the late Hellenistic and early Imperial periods.


Jeffrey Beneker is a professor of classics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the coeditor and translator of The Rhetorical Exercises of Nikephoros Basilakes: Progymnamata from Twelfth-Century Byzantium.

Georgia Tsouvala is an associate professor of history at Illinois State University and the coauthor of Ancient Greece: A Political, Social, and Cultural History.



“Illuminating. Presents a good mixture of work by an international array of senior and midcareer scholars.”
—Sarah B. Pomeroy, Hunter College and the Graduate School of the City of New York



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December 2022
LC: 2019050500 PA
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