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Langlands explores the peculiarly Roman concept of pudicitia, `sexual virtue, or seemliness', through a series of nuanced and suggestive readings. She takes a fairly broad historical period from the late republic to the empire, and includes historical narratives, poetry, and the forensic speeches of Cicero.

This is an enlightening book, wide-ranging and precise, which draws out the complex, unstable meanings Roman culture allocated to the concept of sexual virtue. If you're interested in issues of Roman sexuality, sexual ethics, or erotic literature (Langlands is particularly interested in Propertius' elegies), the issues surrounding fama, pudor, and pudicitia itself then this is a must-read.
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