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The Eunuch in Byzantine History and Society

Shaun Tougher (Routledge Monographs in Classical Studies, 2008)

The Eunuch in Byzantine History front cover

Eunuchs were one of the defining features of the Byzantine empire. In this book Shaun Tougher surveys the history of the Byzantine eunuch from the fourth to the fifteenth century AD, and analyses both the roles eunuchs played and the attitudes expressed towards them in Byzantine society. In addition he places the history of the Byzantine eunuch in the context of the history of the eunuch in general, and makes extensive use of comparative material, such as on Chinese and Ottoman eunuchs, the castrati of Enlightenment Europe and the Hijras of modern-day India.