The Joy of Sexus

The Joy of Sexus

Lust, Love, & Longing in the Ancient World

eBook - 2013
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"In her previous books, Vicki León put readers in the sandals of latter-day working stilffs, ranging from funeral clowns to armpit pluckers and untangled the twisted threads of superstition and science in antiquity. Now, in this book of astonishing true tales of love and sex in long-ago Greece, Rome, and other cultures around the Mediterranean, she opens the doors to shadowy rooms and parts the curtains of decorum. León goes far beyond what we think we know about sex in ancient times, taking readers on a randy tour of aphrodisiacs and anti-aphrodisiacs, contraception, nymphomania, bisexuality, cross-dressing, and gender-bending. She explains citizens' fear of hermaphrodites, investigates the stinging price paid for adultery despite the ease of divorce, introduces readers to the surprising array of saucy pornographers, and even describes the eco-friendly dildos used by libidinous ancients. Love also gets its due, with true tales of the lifelong bonds between military men, history's first cougar and her devoted relationship with Julius Caesar, and the deification of lovers."--P. [4] of cover.
Publisher: New York : Walker & Co., 2013
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780802778697
0802778690
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xviii, 302 p.) : ill., maps

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Basileus
Jun 21, 2013

A not bad book with brief anecdotes dealing with love, lust and sex in ancient times. Leon's tone is irreverant, so it makes it easier to swallow some of the glaring factual errors, but this isn't meant to be a serious scholarly research tool. Just a fun read.

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