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On a knife-edge: an image of sex and spectacle from Roman north-west Europe

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On a knife-edge: an image of sex and spectacle from Roman north-west Europe. / Pearce, John.

Un-Roman Sex: Gender, Sexuality, and Lovemaking in the Roman Provinces and Frontiers. ed. / Rob Collins; Tatiana Ivleva. London : Routledge, 2020. p. 25-53.

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Harvard

Pearce, J 2020, On a knife-edge: an image of sex and spectacle from Roman north-west Europe. in R Collins & T Ivleva (eds), Un-Roman Sex: Gender, Sexuality, and Lovemaking in the Roman Provinces and Frontiers. Routledge, London, pp. 25-53.

APA

Pearce, J. (2020). On a knife-edge: an image of sex and spectacle from Roman north-west Europe. In R. Collins, & T. Ivleva (Eds.), Un-Roman Sex: Gender, Sexuality, and Lovemaking in the Roman Provinces and Frontiers (pp. 25-53). Routledge.

Vancouver

Pearce J. On a knife-edge: an image of sex and spectacle from Roman north-west Europe. In Collins R, Ivleva T, editors, Un-Roman Sex: Gender, Sexuality, and Lovemaking in the Roman Provinces and Frontiers. London: Routledge. 2020. p. 25-53

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Pearce, John. / On a knife-edge: an image of sex and spectacle from Roman north-west Europe. Un-Roman Sex: Gender, Sexuality, and Lovemaking in the Roman Provinces and Frontiers. editor / Rob Collins ; Tatiana Ivleva. London : Routledge, 2020. pp. 25-53

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