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The procreation of children was acknowledged as the purpose of a Roman legal marriage. So it is not surprising that the climax of the wedding was the moment when the bride and bridegroom went to bed together.
My review of the British Museum’s – Defining Beauty: The Body in Ancient Greek Art which explores daily life, gender, sexuality, athleticism, heroism, and the social and political ideologies the Greeks espoused through their views on the human form.
Many Greek tragedies have mysteriously evaded the controlling influence of time; they are read today with as much admiration and emotion as they would have inspired in their first audiences.
Competing Constructions of Masculinity in Ancient Greece Scott Rubarth (Rollins College) ATINER’S Conference Paper Series: No: MDT2013-0392 (2013) Abstract Scholars often speak of…
Whether or not the Egyptian dream manuals are collections of dreams that were actually seen, or were possible visions that the composer believed could be seen is a moot point for our purposes. What matters is that they are embed- ded within their specific cultural matrix, and that they and their interpreta- tions to a certain degree reflect social hopes, fears, and desires, projected by their composers, the priests.
However, the theory concerning fertility behaviour during the Late Roman Republic that has been put forward by Brunt depends largely on such viewpoints as have become controversial in the discipline of demography. Rather than purely economic and rational in scope, decision making processes – such as those concerning marriage and procreation – are embedded in specific cultural and social settings that affect outcomes through the creation or upholding of practical, structural, normative or perceived constraints.
This study looks at ancient Greek and Roman sexual practices from the point of view of their (implied) differences from modern western practices. There are eight major themes: sex and status, the ubiquity of sex, the body, body modification, violence and pain, having sex, viewing sex, and transgressions.
This paper, in living up to the promise of that title, discusses the politics of sex through an investigation of the sexual positions and activities of women, men, slaves, foreigners and satyrs (half men, half horse creatures) as depicted on the pots and pans that surrounded the ancient Greeks.