Special Issue "Sexuality and Greco-Roman Religions"

A special issue of Religions (ISSN 2077-1444).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 August 2018

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Marguerite Johnson

School of Humanities and Social Science, The University of Newcastle, CallaghanUniversity Drive, Callaghan, NSW 2308, Australia
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This is a call for expressions of interest in contributing to a Special Issue on Sexuality and Greco-Roman Religion for the peer-reviewed journal, Religions.

The overarching aim of this volume is to bring scholars from across the globe to engage with this topic from a variety of methodologies and theoretical perspectives. The creation of innovative approaches to the role of sexuality in Greek and Roman religion, cult, worship and belief is the focus. As such, colleagues are invited to consider the topic from new, even revolutionary perspectives, to unearth gaps in – or to complement – established scholarship. Interdisciplinary and comparative approaches are particularly welcome, as are studies of evidence traditionally not aligned with either sexuality or religion or both. The purpose of the volume is to establish the topic as a significant component of ancient cultural studies, and to showcase scholarship that forms a dialogue with related areas of classical studies, including literature, politics, and society.

Topics may include:

  • Temple prostitution, and related academic debates
  • Fertility cults
  • Sacred narratives and sexual motifs
  • Gods and goddesses of sexuality
  • Imported cults
  • Philosophy, sex and religion
  • Inter-species studies and mythology
  • Festivals and the carnivalesque
  • Gender inversion
  • Religion, sexuality / sex, and magic

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Please contact the guest editor for further information.

Prof. Marguerite Johnson
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a double-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Religions is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Greece
  • Rome
  • sexuality
  • gender
  • religion
  • religion and sexuality in antiquity

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Title: “Not like the Gentiles”: Sexual Issues at the Interface between Judaism and its and its Greco-Roman World

Abstract: Sexual Issues played a significant role in Judaism’s engagement with its Greco-Roman world. This paper will examine that engagement in the Hellenistic Greco-Roman era to the end of the first century CE. In part sexual issues were a key element of demarcation between Jews and the wider community, alongside such matters as circumcision, food laws, sabbath keeping and idolatry. Jewish writers, such as Philo of Alexandria, make much of the alleged sexual profligacy of their Gentile contemporaries, not least in association with wild drunken parties, same-sex relations and pederasty. Jews, including the emerging Christian movement, claimed the moral high ground. In part, however, matters of sexuality were also areas where intercultural influence is evident, such as in the shift in Jewish tradition from polygyny to monogyny, but also in the way Jewish and Christian writers adapted the suspicion and sometimes rejection of passions characteristic of some popular philosophies of their day, seeing them as allies in their moral crusade.

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