• Philo and female homoeroticism: Philo's use of γύνανδρος and recent work on tribades

    Author(s):
    Holger Szesnat (see profile)
    Date:
    2021
    Subject(s):
    Judaism--Post-exilic period (Judaism), Sex
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    Early Judaism, Sexuality
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/ksty-ec67
    Abstract:
    This article investigates Philo's use of the rare term γύνανδρος in the context of Hallett's and Brooten's work on ancient male writers' concern over female homoeroticism in the early Principate. In contrast to other classical Greek sources, which seem to use the term as a synonym of ἀνδρόγυνος, Philo appears to use γύνανδρος to refer to women who usurp the (sexual) role preserved for men. Philo, like Paul and Ps.-Phocylides, confirms that the increasing male concern about female homoeroticism in early Judaism occurs not only as late as rabbinic literature but clearly has its roots as far back as the first century CE.
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