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Friday, February 7, 2014

Friday 56 #11


This is a fun meme to do hosted by Freda's Voice If you'd like to join on the fun go to The Friday 56

 Rules:


 *Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader.
*Find any sentence that grabs you.
*Post it.
*Link it.
 
The Joy of Sexus: Lust, Love, and Longing in the Ancient World
 
Summary:
 
In her previous books, Vicki León put readers in the sandals of now obsolete laborers, 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, 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 a 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.
Summary & Cover taken from Goodreads.com
Length: 320 pages (Paperback)
Publication Date: January 29th 2013 by Walker & Company
 
Hooking, called "browsing" in ancient Greek street slang, had a gamut of options and pricing levels. Among them: the plain vanilla brothel slave at one obol, the smallest coin; the street freelancers; the intermediate "sex optional" flute players, dancers, and musicians hired as entertainment at the all-male drinking parties.
 

2 comments:

  1. That sounds interesting. Is the book any good?

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  2. I'm curious now.
    These are fun posts to do aren't they? We get to see what each other is reading and find new authors!
    Here's mine if ya want to check it out.
    http://fuonlyknew.com/2014/02/08/the-friday-56-15-the-devil-you-know/

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