Sexual health in antiquity – evidence, influence, identity


  • Prof Tim Parkin

    University of Manchester

Project summary

Sexual health is a topic of global concern. But open awareness of, and debate around, topics like contraception and sexually transmitted diseases can be seen as a relatively new phenomenon. This project will widen and enrich our understanding of sexual health by looking back to the ancient world to consider attitudes and practices before the modern era. 

Through three workshops, researchers from literary, historical and archaeological disciplines will build upon and link together existing work on sexuality and health in ancient Greece and Rome. This will help to bridge the gap between sexual health in the ancient world and more recent times.