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Roman Sex: 100 B.C. to A.D. 250
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In this lavishly illustrated, contextual study of the erotic art of ancient Rome, historian Clarke exposes previously hidden erotic paintings, sculptures, and ceramics. He uses these works to explain ancient Roman attitudes toward a range of societal issues. 114 illustrations, 95 in full color.
Picture a world where good sex is a blessing of the gods, not a cause for guilt, and where acts often considered immoral, even illegal, by today's standards are instead celebrated. Such a world is no futurist's fantasy, but rather the reality of ancient Rome, 100 B.C. to A.D. 250. In Roman Sex, a lavishly illustrated, contextual study of the erotic art of that era, historian John R. Clarke exposes previously hidden paintings, sculptures, and ceramics featuring such controversial subject matter as group sex, lesbianism, and the phallus as talisman. He then uses these works to explain ancient Roman attitudes toward a range of societal issues. The beautifully reproduced art, most in full color, hails from the entire Roman empire, including what is now Germany and France. Fresh, accessible, and seriously fun, Roman Sex offers copious information about a culture that, though very different, was an important precursor of our own.
In this illustrated, contextual study of the erotic art of the Roman era, Clarke exposes paintings, sculptures and ceramics featuring such subject matter as group sex, lesbianism and the phallus as talisman, in order to explain ancient Roman attitudes towards a range of societal issues.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 164) and index.
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