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Gender is understudied in the Pausanias' text. This paper explores the language of sexual assault in Pausanias' 2nd century Description of Greece. The analysis demonstrates nuanced word choice based on the identity of victim and the perpetrator, and the violence of the assault.

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This study provides a comprehensive analysis of the language of sexual assault in Pausanias' text, and invites comparative analysis with other contemporary Second Sophistic texts. It contributes a first step toward a cultural history of sexual violence in Imperial Greek literature and society.

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This page is a summary of: Pausanias’ Careful Language of Sexual Violence, Mnemosyne, March 2020, Brill,
DOI: 10.1163/1568525x-12342731.
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