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For the Romans it would have been BC. Right from the start, sex was linked to momentous constitutional development for the Roman state. The first instance was the BC rape of the Sabine women — a carefully executed example of nation building in which the Romans replenished their dwindling supply of fertile women by carrying off the wives and daughters of the neighbouring Sabines. Soon after, sex was implicated first in the overthrow of the tyrannical monarchy and the establishment of the republic, and then in the restoration of that republic so pivotal to Roman democracy.
During the former, virtuous Lucretia [a legendary Roman matron whose fate played a key role in the transition from a Roman Kingdom into a Roman Republic] took her own life in BC after being raped by Sextus Tarquinius, son of Lucius Tarquinius Superbus, last king of Rome. In the latter, virginal Verginia was stabbed to death in BC by her own father to avoid the shame of violation stuprum by Appius Claudius, one of the decemviri [an official commission of 10 men]. Preservation of sexual virtue — pudicitia — cost Lucretia and Verginia their lives; so important was pudicitia to Roman values, history and society.
Later, Roman historians like Livy embellished the legendary women of the past with the sexual mores they insisted their contemporary women should enshrine. Sex for most Romans was undoubtedly gratifying, but it was also a duty: largely speaking, it was probably more gratifying for the men and more a duty for their women. Men delighted in displaying their vir — manhood and sexual prowess — while women obliged by submitting to serial childbirth — a production line of babies, ideally boys, to maintain the family line and keep the battlefield and farm-land stocked with recruits.
Baby girls, on the other hand, were costly and contributed little or nothing to the family income; moreover, they would require an expensive dowry one day. Indeed, marriage itself was a lopsided affair. According to the men, women who married should not expect any pleasure or enjoyment — they tied the knot simply to procreate.
So same-sex in Ancient Rome was thought to be fine for a man albeit with conditionsbut same-sex between women was unconditionally execrated. By the end the Republic, however, illicit and extra-marital Women in Rome for sex was seen to be damaging and rampant.
To Julia, life was a beach — her analogy that she never took a lover on board unless her boat was full that is, she was pregnant rebounded badly: her father eventually exiled her to the remote and man-free island of Pandataria, off the coast of Campania. In some ways, Julia set the sexual benchmark for the early decades of the Roman empire. Tiberius, meanwhile, dressed as a woman for his debaucheries on Capri, and Caligula sometimes showed up at banquets dressed as Venus. Nerofull of remorse after kicking to death his pregnant wife, Poppaea Sabina, sought out a surrogate who resembled her — and found Sporus: not a woman, but a young man.
Sporus ed Nero in bed with Pythagoras another freedman Nero had marriedwho nightly played the role of husband in their troilism. Sporus routinely accompanied Nero decked out as his empress. The empress won with 25 partners — one client per hour. However, he could not be accused of lacking a sense of humour; according to the sensationalist Historia Augusta [a collection of biographies of Roman emperors, heirs, and claimants from Hadrian to Numerianus]:.
He habitually locked his friends up when they were drunk and suddenly, in the night, let into the room lions, leopards and bears — surreptitiously rendered harmless — so that when they woke up these friends would find at dawn, or worse, during the night, [wild animals] in the same bedroom as themselves. Several of them died [of shock] as a result of this. Fast-forward to AD and sex was still a major aspect of Roman life. Theodorawho was empress to Justinian I, worked in a Constantinople brothel performing mime and obscene burlesque.
One of her star roles was as Leda in Leda and the Swan ; this involved lying on her back while other actors scattered barley on her groin. The barley was then pecked up by geese masquerading as Zeus.
But Theodora was later transformed into virtual sainthood with her raft of social reforms protecting women from physical and sexual abuse and discrimination, enacted when she assumed the position of empress. Marble bust of Julia, daughter of Emperor Augustus.
A depiction of Roman empress Messalina naked in the Lupanar brothel with a soldier. Walls decorated with erotic paintings and statues. More on: Europe.Women in Rome for sex
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Sexuality in ancient Rome