In the beginning of this blog, a journey began to explore the past and find evidence to prove that sexuality and sexual desires in the ancient times were much different than we see them in today’s world.
It was a really enjoyable journey and there was a lot of knowledge to be learned. The main thing I can express that I learned is that sexuality is much more discrete and thought of as a negative topic today. The ancient civilizations, including: Egypt, Rome, and Greece were much more open with sex and just how it was displayed. In Egypt, poetry was written regularly about sex. In Greece, prostitution was commonplace amongst the cities as well as in Rome. Young boys and older men could engage in a sexual relationship and it was encouraged. Sexually explicit material was displayed publicly to be admired and even laughed at. So many differences amongst the classical periods to our own that have been discovered through this journey.
When I took on this task to research the sex of the past, I did not think I would find what I did. Such rich preservation of sexual artifacts has opened my eyes to the origins of modern day sexuality. I expected there to be references to sex but not such things like Ancient Pompeii’s fascination with the “Phallus”, and the relationship between boys and their older male mentors/ lovers. These discoveries were more than surprising and interested me even further into the topic.
I used to think of the “classical” world to be this formal and very organized place but now I see it was just as depraved as and even more perverted than the modern world is. I found all this pornography displayed to be poked fun at around Pompeii, painting of gods having sex, and among it all I have seen just how different my perspective of the word “classical” was compared to now.
I have helped take you to these places of mystery and sexual innuendo but only through the internet. I would love to continue my research into the sexuality of the past and visit such places like Rome, Greece, and Egypt. Even more specifically, I would like to visit Pompeii and Herculaneum. I would definitely like to see the statue of “Pan having intercourse with a goat”, and the ceremonial basins with sexual artwork on them. As for people to help me out, I would like to meet David Loft who wrote, “The Erotic in Literature”, and I would also like to meet Walter Kendrick who wrote, “Pornography in Modern Culture”.
I would just like to say how I appreciate you all following me on this journey and who knows, I may make more posts. I enjoyed being here thoroughly.