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In her previous books, Vicki Len put listeners 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, she opens the doors to shadowy rooms and parts the curtains of decorum.
Len goes far beyond what we think we know about sex in ancient times, taking listeners 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 listeners 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.
©2013 Vicki León (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Jessica on 08-08-15

great for anyone interested in historical sexualit

this is a fun book discussing historical conceptions of sex and sexuality. however unlike many books that tackle this subject it is not a drug affair, bit is rather a kind of romp through historical lives that never flags in interest color and humor.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Jolene on 05-31-18

Funny, Insightful and at Times Crass. <br />

This book was fun. This should in no way be a reflection of the books academic integrity, which is solid. I would recommend it to anyone interested in this topic - partially those who are not prudish.

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