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“That which was missing”: the archaeology of castration

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Castration has a long temporal and geographical span. Its origins are unclear, but likely lie in the Ancient Near East around the time of the Secondary Products Revolution and the increase in social complexity of proto-urban societies. Due to the unique social and gender roles created by castrates’ ambiguous sexual state, human castrates were used heavily in strongly hierarchical social structures such as imperial and religious institutions, and were often close to the ruler of an imperial...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Oxford college:
St Hugh's College
Department:
Social Sciences Division - Archaeology,School of - Archaeology & the History of Art,Research Laboratory for

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Supervisor
Publication date:
2013
Type of award:
DPhil
Level of award:
Doctoral
Awarding institution:
Oxford University, UK
URN:
uuid:b8118fe7-67cb-4610-9823-b0242dfe900a
Local pid:
ora:7941

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