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Table of Contents of Eunuchs and Castrati: A Cultural History


Sexuality and Emasculation—or Longing for Paradise

In the Beginning Were the Gods

“Sacred Kingship” and Its Consequences

Eunuchs in the Hellenistic and Roman Worlds

The Emperor of China and His Eunuchs

“Chastity of the Angels”: Sexuality in Early Christianity

From the Origins of Islam to the Topkapi Seraglio

Emasculated Heroes of the Western Middle Ages

From the “Waning of the Middle Ages” to the Witch Trials of the Early Modern Period

Voice of the Angels: The Papal Castrati and the Birth of Opera

Index of Names