Roman Sex: 100 B.C. to A.D. 250by John Clarke, Michael Larvey, Michael Larvey
In Roman Sex, a lavishly illustrated, contextual study of the erotic art of/i>
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, all in 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.
About the Author:
John R. Clarke is Annie Laurie Howard Regents Professor of Art History at the University of Texas at Austin and one of the foremost international authorities on ancient Rome. He is a recipient of Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Humanities fellowships, and the author of four books on the art and culture of ancient Rome.
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