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MORENO LEONI, Álvaro M.. Power and Sexual Violence against Women: Models of Hegemony and Didactics in The Histories of Polybius. Nova tellus [online]. 2019, vol.37, n.1, pp.49-71. ISSN 0185-3058.

Abstract: This paper deals with sexual violence against women in Polybius’ Histories. Modern scholarship on the subject is scarce and has not addressed this issue. Though women did not play a central role in the narrated deeds in the work, some passages seem to relate women’s rape to concrete political and didactic reflexions. Here, it is argued that Polybius consciously explored the consequences of the degradation of alliances between states and its transformation from equality to tyrannical rule by using an explicit sexual metaphor. In that sense, the examples of Philip V of Macedon, the Carthaginians in Iberia, and Scipio Africanus are studied.

Keywords : Polybius; Women; Rape; Alliance; Didactics.

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