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Sent: 19 August 2011 02:17 Trust me, the material on the classical world is based on some extraordinary leaps of misjudgement, interpreting (for example) any 'rubbing' as sexual contact, etc etc. I suspect this book is like certain other books on 'the whole period of western history' that get cited a lot - people think the bit on the era on which they work is very dodgy, but generously assume that the material on historical periods with which they are not familiar must be OK... Helen King Professor of Classical Studies The Open University Walton Hall Milton Keynes MK7 6AA Telephone: 01908 655184 Recently published: 'History without Historians? Medical History and the Internet', Social History of Medicine 2011; doi: 10.1093/shm/hkr054: online advance access (pdf), http://shm.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/reprint/hkr054?ijkey=PShLMefYTIycTR4&keytype=ref 'Medicine, disease and sexuality', Sexuality in the Classical World (500 BC-350 AD) (eds Peter Toohey and Mark Golden), Berg, 2011, 107-124