Love and Sex and Women in the Art of Ancient Greece
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Questions and Answers
Question: what is a ass
Answer: Aphrodite is exposing her ass in the following statue at Naples:
Question: did they have intercourse a lot?
Answer: There are two kinds of intercourse, social and sexual. Social
intercourse involves talking and celebrating among the people. They had
to entertain themselves, but they were very good at telling stories and
illustrating them with art. They had many festivals which all the people
enjoyed. Sexual intercourse was a serious matter for the ancient Greeks.
They had to have a high birthrate to offset a high deathrate due to ignorance
of healthy living conditions. They needed a high quality of children to
grow into talented adults so they could compete with their neighbors both
militarily and economically. To accomplish this they were carefull to pick
healthy wives for the men and then they secluded them so they could concentrate
on healthy babies. Sexual intercourse would be required fairly frequently to
keep the wives pregnant through an average of 5 pregnancies. The wives would
not want to endure this, nor would the babies be healthy, unless they were
kept fairly happy. The husbands probably gave them pretty much whatever they
wanted. They did not make other demands either, even for sex. If the
husband wanted sexual pleasure, and the wife was unwilling, then he went to
a hetaera to get it.
Question: what would happen when two people make sex
Answer: Some sexual techniques are illustrated above. If a man had sex
with his wife it was because he wanted her to become pregnant. It might be
useful in this circumstance for him to provide for her pleasure. If he wanted
pleasure for sex and his wife di not provide it, then he went to a hetaera.
Question: are the female breasts more fuller than they were in ancient greek time
Answer: I doubt it. Bras only give that illusion. Ancient Greek women
wore no bras.
Question: can you show picture of tits
Answer: Click here
Question: how was sex in the ancient times of greece?
Answer: Sex was good. This is because sex is in your head, and the Greeks
were good at filling your head with good stories that made for good sex.
Question: I have a statue of a nude young maiden riding a horse. Below th horse is a bear standing on two legs. Can you identify?
Answer: No. An identification might be made from a picture. Any
information about the sculptor or producer would be helpful.
Question: Where are all the naked women?
Answer: All around you. Every woman is naked under her clothes. But they
will not reveal their nakeness until a male has proved he is worthy. This
usually involves getting educated and having a job. Then she uses Aphrodite’s
wiles to get him involved in a family. You can read about Aphrodite at:
Question: how do i have sex
Answer: First you get a good education so you can get a good job. Then
you get a good job so you can save lots of money. Then you find a
compatible partner of the opposite sex who is a hard worker and can take
care of a family. Then you study this page for proper position and technique
for love. It may take you numerous tries but finally one of you gets
pregnant and she has a baby. Then you have to raise the baby right so it
can do well in school. This is when you spend the money you have saved.
Then you spend the rest of the money on a college education for the baby. Each
baby costs about $250,000 to raise in today’s market. If you do not want
a baby you will have to be very careful about birth control. If you mess
up you will have to pay child support or alimony, or, even worse you will have
to be cured of a venereal disease.
Question: what does lol mean?
Answer: Laugh out loud, love on line, laughs on line, or Lithuania on line.
Question: WILL I EVER GET MARRIED TO A GOOD HEARTED WOMAN THA
Answer: You need to pray to Aphrodite for the answer to this question.
Aphrodite is the ancient Greek goddess of love and sex and
does not need the Internet. She will appear right next to you, sometimes
as herself, sometimes disguised as a friend. You may not recognize her
then, but later you will look back and recognize her by her radiant glow
and good looks. But of course you have to be a real believer in an ancient
Greek goddess, and there
are not many of these around today. The trick is to ask your question
when she is with you.
Question: can you send to me women sex animals??
Answer: The women this page is about have been dead more than 3000 years.
But their legacy remains. One legacy is that the women would rather be
worshipped than treated like an animal. If you try to force them to do
what you want they become maenads or worse yet, Amazons.
Question: can you send to me women sex animals picturs??
Question: can i see some porn on this site.
Answer: The ancient Greeks did not have the concept of porn. This is a
concept that we get from Christianity, and the Ancient Greeks were not
Christians. Nothing from ancient Greece is considered porn. Our word for
porn comes from the Greek work for prostitute.
Question: i was wondering what is the best postion to make love to a greek man
Answer: The ancient Greeks liked their women to be subserviant, so you just
have to take a subserviant position.
Question: art in Greece
Answer: Art was primarily religious in nature.
Answer: The art of anciet Greece pictures both men and satyrs is a state
of sexual erection.
Question: How big were their penisis
Answer: Penis size has not changed since the time of the ancient Greeks.
In the theater when a comedy was performed the actors often wore large,
fake penises attached to their costume.
Question: did they wear bras
Answer: No, they did not. Sometimes the women wore a trangular bandage
like a bra. The Amazons seem to have needed something like this.
Answer: Tits have not changed since the time of the ancient Greeks.
Classical Greek ladies covered their tits, while archaic Greek ladies
Question: In the play “Antigone” she portrayed what aspects of a heroine?
Answer: Courage and conviction.
Question: did they have anal sex
Answer: Yes they did. Homosexuality, or sex between males, was much more
tolerated in Ancient Greece than it is today. Anal sex is a common form
of homosexual sex. There are pictures from ancient Greece which show a
man an a woman having sex where the man is behind the woman and they are
both standing in a crouched position with the man on the woman’s back. This
has sometimes be interpreted as anal sex, but this is generally not the case.
This was the standard position for men and women to have sex when the
intention was to get the woman pregnant. Sometimes the woman even stood on
both her arms and legs.
Question: how come most of the pictures i’ve seen of greek sex standing up
Answer: That was the standard position. Beds were not that comfortable.
I do not think the Greek man and his wife were alone that much due to the
houses being small. The whole family probably slept in one room.
Question: greek style in the sexually meaning refer’s to what”?” exact was the must favrote sexually possition of the ancient greeks?
Answer: My guess is that Greek style refers to anal sex. But the favorite
position was the woman bent over with the man entering her from the rear
while both are standing. This is the most commonly illustrated position.
Question: how old did the woman marry
Answer: As soon as she was menstruating an having her period she could
marry. Often there was an initiation ceremoney that meant she was ready. In
the Minoan culture, the women arranged their locks of hair so the men knew
Question: Can you you put a picture of a guys dick, where you can see it really good? Why does the guys in basically all the pictuers , have his dick up an toher guys ass?
Answer: Questions such as these, which make heavy use of slang, are almost
useless except to remind one of the graffiti that one sees in public restrooms.
It is important to realize that such slang references hostility and an
attempt to respond to dominance with dominance. Study the dictionary carefully
so bodily parts can be carefully discussed. And try to remember that the
goal of this site is good information, not an attempt for one sex to dominate
Question: What are breasts
Answer: In women breasts are organs on the chest that produce milk for
babies which serves as food during the first 2 years of life. But over time
they have become symbols of femininity which are very important to the
female appearance. The ancient Minoan ladies exposed their breasts, but the
ladies of classical Greece covered them.
Question: why are the penises in the pictures of menage a trois much larger than in other pictues?
Answer: I am not sure your initial observation is correct. It is difficult
to observe such things objectively. The emotions of the observer change
perceived sizes, while the emotions of the artist affect the represented
Question: subordinated sex
Answer: When two people are in a sexual relationship and one of the people
must behave so that the other has pleasure without regard for their own
needs then that one is subordinated to the other.
Question: did zeus have sex with all the goddesses????????????
Answer: Zeus had sex with the goddesses Hera, Dione, Hybris, Metis, Alcyone,
Merope, Celaeno, Electra, Sterope, Taygete, and Maia. The
other women who he had sex with were mortals, namely: Leda, Europa, Io, Danae,
Callisto, Carme, Lamia, Niobe, Semele, Taygete, Thebe, Elare, Electra, Aegina,
Alcmena, Cassiepea, Antiope.
Question: were any of the greek men gay
Answer: Homosexuality was an accepted fact of the ancient Greek culture.
Question: How young were some of the women and girls who got married and had sex?
Answer: A girl would not marry until she had her first menstrual period, but
this would not be the optimal time to have sex and children. The idea of
marrying that young would be so the husband could provide some of the girl’s
education. Men were encouraged to wait until they were thirty until they
married. For the same reasons women should have been encouraged to wait until
they were at least twenty-one before they became pregnant.
Question: were women used as prostitues and how were they treated
Answer: Prostitutes were usually women slaves. Hetarae were also
prostitutes but they were better treated because they were trained as
entertainers and conversationalists. There were also sacred prostitutes
that were probably treated the best. Some hetaerae became wives and achieved
a high status in the Greek society.
Question: laws to prevent rape
Answer: These were more laws to prevent the loss of a man’s property. Rape
of someone else wife was extremely serious and could result in death. Rape
of someone’s marriageable daughter was much less serious because the daughter
could be married off to her attacker. Rape of a slave would only be a crime
if property were damaged.
The following references are provided:
Question: the art of sex
Answer: There is every indication that the Greeks knew as much about sex
as anyone. They knew that Aphrodite was a very subtle goddess. They knew
also that you had to fill you life with a lot beside sex if sex was to be a
benifit. If sex was about plumbing, they would have written plumbing manuals.
But instead they wrote play that plumbed every emotion. And they provided
art that illustrated many aspects of life. And they developed a concept of
an ideal that was worth living for. Life can be beautiful, if you discipline
yourself and realise some of the beautiful ideals.
Question: were slaves sold and by what process
Answer: slaves were sold by the same process as other goods. Often a
section of the market was dedicated to this and there would be a stage called
an aution block. Slaves would be displayed on the block, often quite naked,
just before they were auctioned to the highest bidder. The nudity of this scene
has inspired many artists to use it as a subject for a painting, usually to
idealize a subject that was actually quite brutal.
Question: Who was Venus the godess of love
Answer: Venus was the Roman Goddess of Love. When the Romans took over
Greece they took the Grecian deities and merged them with the Roman ones.
The Greeks had a very large and well developed mythology while the Roman
mythology was minimal. There is a difference between the Roman and Greek
deities, but often it is of no consequence. Venus is essentially Aphrodite
with a Roman name.
Question: how sex started
Answer: There was no romance as such. The relation of a man with a hetara
was a business arrangement. Marriage was a family business between the groom
and the father. The story of Helen became very romantic and it did have its
influence, but this was a much later development.
Question: It is considered homosexual and feminine to be a “malaka” in Greece now, yet many
males still have no qualms about engaging in anal sex. In contrast with the Modern Greek
attitude among men about being anally penetrated, how was the position of the penetratEE
looked upon by the society?
Answer: Unfortunately, homosexuality in ancient Greece often involved a
relation between a boy and an older man. Then the question of coercion becomes
important. A person who is coerced into such an act is quite different from
someone who does it willingly. In fact, then as now, the sex act often settles
a question of dominance, with the male role dominant and the female role
subserviant. This, in all probability, is the societal attitude in a
Question: Why is anal sex often referred to as greek sex?
Answer: Because the ancient Greeks were tolerant of homosexuality, they
became identified with homosexuality. Anal sex is a common form of
male homosexual sex. A more important question is whether males were forced
to have homosexual sex against their wills. Were women deprived of sex
because men preferred homosexual sex? Was disease more prevalent? In our
culture prohibitions run very deep because of Biblical commandments. Can
we deal with homosexuality apart from these prohibitions as the Greeks must
have? The ancient Greeks were not a homosexual society. The society
Question: did the women perform oral sex
Answer: Hetaerae were paid by men to perform oral sex. Wives would perform
oral sex only if they wanted to.
Question: How is the concept of Aphrodite used in Modern America?
Answer: The image of the Venus de Milo (Aphrodite of Melos) is popular
and is used in advertisements. Venus drawing pencils use her for example.
Many movie actresses are referred to as “love goddesses” which means that
she is a symbol of Aphrodite. Artists refer to her with imagery and
suggestion. For an indication of the breadth search on the web for the word
Question: what is greek sex
Answer: Probably anal sex. See above for a discussion of this.
Question: who about making love with girls.
Answer: To make love to a girl you just do what she wants. Of course she
may want you to go to College and get a good job before you get what you
want from her. Girls are a long term investment.
Question: What do you do when you have oral sex?
Answer: If you were a hetaera in ancient Greece you would use your mouth
to do what the other person wants sexually. If you were an ancient Greek
wife you would use your mouth to do what you wanted sexually from the other
person, or you would have the other person use his mouth.
Question: did they had heterosexual anal sex
Answer: Probably. For a hetaera this type of sex had the advantage of
not resulting in pregnancy. It has the disadvantage of spreading disease
germs and causing bleeding and sores in the rectum. But it is a mistake to
think that the illustrations on vases of men entering females from the rear
represent this type of sex. This was the preferred position for vaginal sex
in those days.
Question: did the ancient greeks perform oral sex
Question: Did Medea kill Jasons wife out of love or anger? Do you think her
anger was justifies, and why did she kill her children?
Answer: Medea was Jason’s wife. Jason wanted to cast aside Medea and take
the other woman as his new wife. Jason claimed the social status of the new
wife would be better. But Medea was already a princess, but of a distant land.
Medea had made big sacrifices for Jason including killing her brother. She
had saved his life many. She had proved her love to Jason
on numerous occasions. Does it make sense that she would let herself be cast
aside in this humiliating way? No. And it was the height of stupidity for
Jason to think that she might. Love got her into the mess, then anger took
over. She took out her anger on everyone, including her own children. In
such a situation a normal person could plead innocent by reason of insanity.
Jason can be blamed for his stupity. But in fact the Geek society has to
bear most of the blame. A women should receive the full protection of the
law. When she is wronged she should be able to receive redress from the
courts. This will prevent the need for the vengence that Medea took.
Question: i love sex. is that bad
Answer: No. It is good if you help others as a result. It is bad if
you hurt others as a result. You have to think of the long term consequences
of your acts. Sex helps people find meaning in their lives, and it also helps
people think about the welfare of others.
Question: can i see a woman doing sex ?
Answer: Often women are doing sex and you do not notice. Lysystrata says
“…if we sit at home all rouged and powdered, dressed in our sheerest gowns,
and neatlyly depilated, our men will get excited and want to take us;” Sex
involves all the preliminaries and followups as well.
Question: sex and animals
Answer: The rape of Leda by Zeus in the guise of a swan
is illustrated at: Athens, NM 1499.
Poseidon had given a wonderfully beautiful bull to
Minos with the expectation that Minos would sacrifice it to him. Rather than
sacrifice the bull to Poseidon, Minos kept it for himself. To punish
him Poseidon had made Pasiphae, the wife of Minos, fall madly in love with
the bull. Pasiphae let herself become impregnated by the bull and the
resulting offspring which she bore was a monster called the Minotaur.
Question: During the Hellenistic Age, what were the contraceptive practices
Answer: Many techniques were tried but nothing worked. Bathing was popular.
Sheep-skin condoms were available. Herbs and medicines were used as well as
charms and potions. Prostitutes would wiggle away just before the male orgasm.
Unfortunately some of the Roman ladies tried self-induced abortions. This
often was a form of slow suicide.
Question: DO U HAVE A PIC OF A NUDE GIRLS PUSSY?
Answer: This is a web site on the women of ancient Greece. Why would you
want a picture of the sexual organ of a girl who has been dead for over
2000 years? Of course girls have not changed a lot in over 2000 years. Would
if help you to know that the sex organ of a girl looks a lot like her lips?
Whenever you look at the face of a girl you can think of her sex organ. But
remember that a sex organ has no teeth. But there are other dangers that you
may encounter, so with the sex organ the teeth are more symbolic.
Question: how do you have sex?
Answer: This is a web site on the women of ancient Greece. The men of that
time knew how to have sex because the women got pregnant and had babies.
Exactly how they did it is not a big secret because the Greeks were very open
about sexual matters. But they did not emphasize gross passions, and perhaps
that is their secret. Here is a poem by Theocritus that may help you:
A SACRED GROVE I know a spot where Love delights to dream, Because he finds his fancies happen true. Within its fence no myrtle ever grew That failes in wealth of flower; no sunny beam Has used its vantage vainly. You might deam Yourself a happy plant and blossom too, Or be a bird and sing as thrushes do, So sweet in that fair place doth nature seem. A matted vine invests the rocks above, And tries to kiss a runlet leaping through With endless laughter. Hither at noon comes Love, And woos the god who is not hard to woo, Taking his answer from the nested dove That ever hymneth skies forever blue.
Question: HOW COMMON WAS RAPE ASPECIALY OF CONQUERED CITIES
Answer: Technically there was no rape because the citizens of the conquered
cities became slaves. A female could become a sex-slave and forced to perform
sex against her will, but this is not rape because of the slave status. But
even so rape must have been pretty common. One of the reasons for the
isolation of women in Classical Greek society was to protect them from rape.
At the time of the Trojan war rape was very common. Warriors would
raid communities and rape and pillage.
Question: DO YOU KNOW OF ANY REALLY GOOD WEB SITES ABOUYT THE APHRODITE OF
Answer: Click here.
Question: did they remove pubic hair
Answer: Lysystrata says
“…if we sit at home all rouged and powdered, dressed in our sheerest gowns,
and neatlyly depilated, our men will get excited and want to take us;” (Aristophanes, Lysistrata, line 152). This quote suggests that women removed body hair, but it does not specify which body hair. Greek art rarely shows body hair, but this may have been merely an aesthetic custom. There is direct evidence that at least some engaged in this practice as the
following illustration demonstrates:
Woman singeing her pubic hair. Other quotes can be cound at Aristophanes, Ecclesiazusae, line 12, and Aristophanes, Thesmophoriazusae, line 537.
Question: could you go over an ancient greek wedding using Lysistrata
Answer: There is some similarity. At the beginning of the play there is
the separation of the man and women as the bride and groom are separated. The
women give the men a bridal bath by dousing their torches with water. There
is serious negotiation before the men and women are allowed together. Finally
there is singing and dancing as the men and women are allowed together. Then
they return to the marriage bed to consumate the marriage.
Question: did they look at girls as hot and ugly?
Answer: They realized that girls require a long term investment and some
decided to go after more sort term rewards. But when the young girls flowered
into women they were willing to reap the rewards.
Question: Pasiphae images
Question: who was prominent
Answer: Aphrodite has always been prominent in this area.
Question: culture of ancient greece
Answer: Click on the Menu Directory below and Study the many subjects there.
Question: Did they wear clothes while heaving sex?
Answer: The art suggests sex was often performed naked, but their clothes
would not have been a hinderance and might have provided some comfort in cold
weather. In the Lysystrata Myrrine teases her husband Cinesias who has been
deprived of sex. He wants to lie down with her. The suggestions is that
they have sex lying down. She will not lie down in front of the baby. She
wants to purify herself by washing. She wants to have a bed. She wants to
take off her dress. She needs a mattress. She wants a pillow. She takes off
her girdle. She wants a blanket. She brings perfume for him. In the context
of the comedy these demands seem reasonable so the suggestion is they are
commonly the demands of sex.
Question: do you have any pictures from the play “Antigone”
Answer: Click on each of the following:
Question: can i see a pic
Answer: To see a pic you must click on the underlined links.
Question: can i see a pic of Greek woman breasts
Answer: Click on the Menu Directory below then click on Aphrodite. In that
page is a link to the Venus de Milo.
Question: where there lesbians?
Answer: Certainly. There have always been women whose sexual preference
was other women.
Answer: Yes, the ancient Greeks had sex. This is proved by the fact that
there were ancient Greeks. People having sex results in babies who grow
into people who have sex. And the ancient Greeks felt they must have a lot
of babies to be sucessful. The average women bore 5 babies; a lot bore ten
Question: can you please show a picture of a real womens’ breasts and a picture of a reals womens’ vagina
Answer: There are several problems here. This is a page about the women
of ancient Greece. Though they were real women they died long ago and nothing
remains of them but pictures that artists of the time drew. The women of today
consider their breasts and vagina to be private parts and they do not want
to expose them to public view. You probably deal with women every day. These
women do not want to expose their breasts and vagina because they do not want
you to think they are sexually interested in them. If you study hard and
get a good job that pays lots of money, then you will find lots of women
that will be willing to expose their breasts and vaginas to you.
Question: what were the marriage vows
Answer: Marriage consisted merely in living together. It could be
terminated by the wife leaving the house or by the wife being expelled from
the house. In some difficult cases the wife could be called back to her
family. The term ‘vow’ does not seem to apply.
Question: What is a boner
Answer: In the old days a boner was a blunder, but now it relates to sex.
When a male gets sexually excited his penis turns from soft and flacid to
hard and turgid. This hard state is probably the reference to boner. This
hard state allows the male penis to penetrate the female vagina and is only
useful during sexual intercourse.
Question: did they have lesbians
Answer: Every society has its Lesbians. In Greece they were tolerated
rather than punished.
Question: Did the Greeks practice Necrophelia. Who was Necrophelia?
Answer: Necrophelia refers to having sex with a dead person. Achilles is
supposed to have done this. The Amazon Penthesilia came to the defense of
Troy leading a band of Amazon’s. She was forced to challenge Achilles to
hand-to-hand combat and he killed her. At the moment of her death he fell in
love with her, retained her body, and had sex with it. He did not live very
long after that.
Question: I have to dress up like Atalanta for a literature project. It’s a
huge grade but I have no idea what to wear. Can you please give me some advice
on how to dress like Atalanta?
Answer: No one knows what Atalanta wore because she lived so long ago. But
she sometimes raced quite nude. I do not recommend that you appear nude. The
girls of later Greek times competed in races where they wore a short tunic. You
could wear an outfit like this. Artemis often appears in this outfit so it
is easy to find examples:
Atalanta wrestling Peleus:
Atalanta in a race:
She lived during the Mycenean period. Women during that period wore a flounced
skirt, a girdle, and a vest that exposed their breasts. Though this outfit
would be historically accurate, it would not be wise to wear it.
Question: did they have sex just to get a child?
Answer: Very few people have sex just to have a child. Sex provides an
emotional bond between a man and wife. It is also a source of recreation
for many. Apes never have sex just to have an ofspring. There is an
unrealistic morality that this is the ethical thing to do, but it is not
Question: what made Greek men sexually excited?
Answer: Lysystrata says
“…if we sit at home all rouged and powdered, dressed in our sheerest gowns,
and neatlyly depilated, our men will get excited and want to take us;”
Question: What is the Venus Butterfly Technique?
Answer: There is not much about ancient Greece in this question because
Venus is a Roman goddess, but she did adopt the attributes of the Greek
goddess Aphrodite. The quesion is a tribute to the Greek goddess in that it
calls up her mystery because the words suggest excitement, but are in fact
empty of content. But all is not lost. There is much real content about
Aphrodite that is of interest.
I am reminded of the fact that many of the butterfly species are
named after Greek goddesses and women. This may be a take off on that fact
because another site refers to the ‘pop appeal of the fictitious “Venus
Butterfly technique” from “LA Law” a few years ago: a
mysterious, infallible technique to deliver ultimate sexual pleasure.’
You have to realize that sex is, for the most part, all in your head, and
sometimes all you need is a good story. The ancient Greeks were good at
stories. For this, and other reasons, it is likely that they knew the
secret of a satisfying sex-life. A careful study of ancient Greek literature
and art could provide the student with this secret.
Question: Do you think that women had significantly more rights than slaves
in Classical Athens ?
Answer: We are greatly indebted to the ancient Greeks for the notion of
rights, but they only gave them to male citizens. Wives were better off than
slaves, but they had no rights.
Question: Love, sex and slavery in the Homeric age.
Answer: Many details are available in Homer. Women had real power
as aristocrat or queen, but they had to marry whoever defeated their husband.
Men liked to conquer women and make them sex slaves, but they sometimes
made them wives. Men were very concerned about their offspring even if they
seduced the women. Slavery could reduce you to drudgery, but you could also
get out of it by buying yourself or getting married.
Question: I want to know how to do the venus butterly sexual position
Answer: If it was golf, you would say it is all in your wrist. With
the venus butterfly position, it is all in your head (and the head of your
partner). Ancient Greek literature can help you by knowing good stories that
put you in the right mood. If you have good thoughts and are comfortable
with yourself then good things will happen.
Question: Where Roman females looked upon at all times as Godess or where
Answer: Some Roman women were very powerful and they got laws passed
protecting women and their property. As a result Roman women had more
freedom and were better protected than the classical Greek women. But there
were still women slaves who could be mistreated without penalty.
Answer: Try again.
Question: what form of contraception was used
Answer: For most women contraception was not a problem. Unwanted babies
could be exposed or sold into slavery. Those who needed it had a problem.
Myths suggest that simply bathing was one approach. Abortion was practiced
even though it was very unsafe. Condoms can be made of sheep-skin and
probably were available. Prostitutes practiced coitus interruptus where they
wiggled away just before ejaculation.
Question: I have two questions which belong in the love and sex category.
Firstly, if men were encouraged to wed at 30, does that mean the women were
much younger? Also, how did wives feel about husbands going to Hetaerae for
pleasure? Shouldn’t the husbands have talked with their wives instead? The
wives must have had a horrid life to put up with husbands having intercourse
Answer: Women married at about 13 so that they could be trained by their
husbands. There is good indication that women got what they wanted. This
is the impression in Lysistrata, for example. If the husbands wanted more
then they had to go to the hetaerae.
Question: a picture of classical greek pyxis
Question: a picture of classical greek urn
Answer: “urn” is a term that does not seem to apply to ancient Greece.
Question: How were the primary sexual organs displayed in ancient greek art?
Answer: One of the beauties of Greek art is that sex is displayed in a very
Question: Is there a goddess of fertility?
Answer: A number of deities participate in fertility: Adonis, Aphrodite,
Artemis, Eros, Hermes, and Pan. During the Hellenistic period Priapus
was worshipped as the god of the fertility of the crops.
Question: did woman in ancient greece have any rights?
Answer: No, they did not. In ancient Greece only the men citizens had
rights. Women were entirely dependent on their family for whatever they
needed. For most wives this was a fine situation because an unhappy wife is
a difficult burden for a man to bear. This was not so good for the women
who could not become a wife. It was a bad situation for women slaves who
were sometimes forces to do things against their will. It was also not good
for women who found their husbands to be abusive.
Question: How loud is an orgasm?
Answer: An orgasm is a sensation that occurs at the end of a sexual act
involving the sexual organs. This stimulation results from the friction
of sexual intercource or masturbation. In the male it is often followed by
ejaculation but no such indication is present in the female. The sensation
is located in the nerves of the sex organs and is unrelated to other senses
such as hearing, taste, or smell. All sensations are transmitted to the
brain and the intensity of the feeling can be affected by the brain state.
Other sensations such as pleasant music, the taste of good food, smell of
perfume, gentle touches, and appealing sights can affect the intensity of
the experience. In the literature of the ancient Greeks reference is made to
sexual pleasure rather than orgasm. Their visual art presents states of
obvious sexual excitement, but orgasm is not indicated.
Question: what were there marriage customs?
Answer: See the Menu Directory below for the special page on weddings.
Question: Did the ancient greek prostitutes have actual brothels, or did
they do a house visiting service?
Answer: It is easy to define a brothel as a house of prostitution, but in
practicality they are very hard to define. Likewise it is difficult to
determine who is a prostitute, let alone determine when they are doing
business and when they are out on a social visit. The rumor is that both
occurred, but it is difficult to prove.
Question: Did the ancient greeks produce sculptures of people having sex
(if so could you please show an example), or did they portrey sex only on
Answer: They probably produced sculptures of people having sex, but I have
no examples. The sculptures have been submitted to over 2500 years of
censorship. Many sculptures have been defaced and destroyed in the past.
Sometimes recent materials are found that truly represent the ancient
civilization. The pots are valuable because they are recent reconstructions
or recent finds. Sex is a difficult subject because it is often the subject
of difficult feelings. It is a subject about which there is little objectivity.
Question: Were ancient greek penis’ smaller than modern ones (I have got
that impresion from their sculpture)?
Answer: There is no reason to believe this is true, but it is a fact that
would be difficult to determine. Because sex is so important the tendency
would be for artists to modify sizes according to current taste. Measurements
made on a preserved body might be useful. Recently a bronze-age warrior
was released from a glacier in Switzerland. Measurements on him might be
Question: I have read somewhere that many ancient greek families livd in
one room – how therefore would the mother and father of the family have sex
withought embarasing the children?
Answer: The notion of privacy is fairly modern. Many children in earlier
societies had to put up with their parents having sex. You might want to
study what happens in the third world today. But the antics of couples
who brag about having sex in airplane seats reminds us that privacy can
be accomplished by a determined couple. A single room can be divided by
curtains and screens. Greek women spent a lot of time weaving and the
result could have had a number of uses such as this. It was customary for
the husband and wife to sleep in the same bed together. The children then
slept in other beds. The parents might relate after the children were asleep.
Question: what is the best sex positon
Answer: The best sex position depends on the goals of the people having
sex. If the woman wants to become pregnant she needs to stand on her head.
If she does not want to become pregnant she should stay away from male
partners. Some positions satisfy the women better; others are more for the
men. Sex partners need to communicate for best results. Some positions have
an economic connection. The pentration from the back position was for the
prostitutes the cheapest position.
Question: Were any ROMAN Godesses known for lesbiansism? Any legends or
stories dealing with this issue?
Answer: most of the stories associated with lesbianism are about Sappho
the ancient Greek poet from Lesbos. The activities of Maenads also suggest
Question: Are there any documented Art works of homosexual sex? (Demo Pleas)
An article on “Homoerotic Images in Greek Vase Painting” is at
Question: What was the average for greek boys and girls to lose their
Answer: Women married at 13 and Men at 30. But men probably had sexual
experiences with hetaerae and prostitites at a much earlier age.
Question: Did the ancient greeks use any forms of erotica (eg whips)?
Answer: Such devices have always been around. But the question is who
benefits? Is the person being whipped benefiting? When you kill a man and
take his wife and daugters as slaves is this erotica? The Iliad describes
this. Is is erotica when you rape a women in the temple of Athena? Poseidon
did this to Medusa. It heightens sexual response when you strangle your
partner while you have sex, but what if they die? One of the problems is
that some people dominated their sex partners during the ancient Greek period
against their will, and they probably used devices to do it. Some also
satisfied their sex partners, but I cannot say if erotic devices were used
Question: Was Aphrodite worshiped only throug sacrafice or did the ancient
greeks worshep her through other rituals (Like the law that heroditus
describes in ancient Babylon where all women had
to have sex with a stranger in the temple of Aphrodite once during
Answer: Aphrodite did not like blood sacrifice. She preferred honey instead.
Aphrodite did not require sex with a stranger, but her temples sometimes
maintained temple prostitutes. An orgy is a festival for Aphrodite, but
not all festivals for Aphrodite were orgies. The goddess Hera went to
Aphrodite to borrow her girdle so Hera would be able to get her way with Zeus.
Women might go to Aphrodite for the same reason. They might acquire a
girdle to help them be more appealing. But the girdle was more like a
sexy nightie than a confining garment.
Question: when did homosexuality started and why
Answer: Homosexuality is more of a biological state than a learned behavior.
If this is true then it is part of human behavior and has been around as long
as humans have been. Homosexuality is a trait like left-handedness that some
people are born with. Homosexuality is found in lower animals also. Some
ideas about why are presented in the following article:
Question: how i suk up
Answer: Most of the problem lies with what you think you are and what you
think you can get, and not enough with what you can do for yourself and what
you can do for others.
Question: What were ancient greek atitudes to lesbianism?
Answer: While ancient Greeks tolerated homosexuality, they ridiculed
lesbiansm. Most of their ridicule was directed at Sappho. Of course all
we have is the attitude of the men.
Question: What were atitudes to bestiality and necrophilia in ancient greece?
Answer: The Minotaur was the result of bestiality and Achilles participated
in necrophilia in his affair with Penthesilia. The sacrifice of Polyxena
for Achilles may also be considered necrophilia. The Greeks recognized the
existence of these activities and attempted to deal with them.
Question: What other godesses apart from Aphrodite are often pictured nude
or nearly nude?
Answer: Before the bronze age many goddesses were pictured nude, but we do
not know their names. During the bronze age the nudes may be goddesses,
priestesses, or sacrificial victims, but there were not that many. During
the classical period few goddesses or women were portrayed nude. Most nudes
were illustrations of prostitutes and hetaerae. After Praxiteles carved
his nude Aphrodite, it was common to see Aphrodite nude, but not other
goddesses. During the Roman period nudes of all sorts were more common. After
the Roman period artists could portray the Greek goddesses nude, but no other
women. This rule continued into the 18th an 19th century.
Question: what is the best sex positon
Answer: The ancient Greeks did not think there was one best sex position.
They listed many alternatives.
Question: sex style
Answer: With Sappho to sing its praises the style must have been sublime.
Question: what sex
Answer: In ancient Greece both sexes were praised.
Question: Did the ancient greeks, men and women masturbate?
Answrer: Masturbation is a common human activity. In Ancient Greece there
was no ethical prohibition, but neither was there any public display or
Question: Do you have some pictures of different ways to have sex
Answer: This web site is about the role of women in the art of ancient
Greece. All the pictures on this site relate to the art of ancient Greece
and were in most cases done almost 2500 years ago. In that culture there
were different ideas about morality than we have today. For this reason
the art contained pictures of ancient Greek couples having sex in different
ways. But these pictures cannot be taken as what is moral or acceptable
today. You may find links to these pictures earlier in this page.
Question: Were women revered sexually?
Answer: Very much so.
Question: How were women portrayed?
Answer: As important.
Question: how a women gets pregnant
Answer: The Ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle says the following
(Generation of Animals, Bk I:Ch 23):
“In all animals which can move about, the sexes are separated, one
individual being male and one female, though both are the same in species, as
with man and horse. But in plants these powers are mingled, female not being
separated from male. Wherefore they generate out of themselves, and do not
emit semen but produce an embryo, what is called the seed. Empedocles puts
this well in the line: ‘and thus the tall trees oviposit; first olives..’ For
as the egg is and embryo, a certain part of it giving rise to the animal and
the rest being nutriment, so also from a part of the seed springs the growing
plant, and the rest is nutriment for the shoot and the first root.
In a certain sense the same thing happens also in those animals which have
the sexes separate. For when there is need for them to generate the sexes are
no longer separated any more than in plants, their nature desiring that they
shall become one; and this is plain to view when thy copulate and are united,
that one animal is made out of both.”
Answer: The Ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle says the following
(Generation of Animals, Bk I:Ch 21): “It is plain then that it is not necessary
that anything at all should come away from the male, and if anything does
come away it does not follow that this gives rise to the embryo as being in
the embryo, but only as that which imparts the motion and as the form; so the
medical art cures the patient.
This a priori argument is confirmed by the facts. For it is for this
reason that some males which unite with the female do not, it appears, insert
any part of themselves into the female, but on the contrary the female inserts
a part of herself into the male; this occurs in some insects. For the effect
produced by the semen in the female (in the case of those animals whose males
do insert a part) is produced in the case of these insects by the heat and
power in the male animal itself when the female inserts that part of herself
which receives the secretion. And therefore such animals remain united a long
time, and when they separate the female produces the embryo quickly; for the
young is imperfect inasmuch as all such creatures give birth to scoleces.”
Answer: See above.
Question: do you show nude women
Answer: I try to have links to authentic art by ancient Greek artists. I
also include more recent art which is illustrative of ancient Greek concepts.
Question: What was prostitution like?
Answer: Dealing with a hetaera was difficult because many only did things
as favors. You had to repay them with favors, too. On the other end of the
prostititution spectrum were the cheap prostitutes. You just showed them
money and they just bent over for you.
Question: all mytoses about god of hunt Diana
Answer: Diana was a Roman goddess. Her Greek counterpart was Artemis.
Click on the Menu Directory below, then click on Artemis.
Question: what action does a man takes when his wife commit adultry?
Answer: In ancient Greece a man would expell his wife form his house and
send her back to her family.
Question: What does a Vagina look like?
Answer: With the fallopian tupes it looks a lot like the head of a bull.
It is believed that the ancient Minoans worshipped bulls for this reason.
Question: This is one of the most ignorant websites I have ever seen. Who
do you think you are going around answering questions based on your own
inferences as if they were fact. What kind of idiots actually send you these
questions??? By the way lol does not mean any of the things you said. It
means ‘laughing out loud’. Maybe you should look up the answer before you
Answer: Look up the answer where? I use Homer, Hesiod, Sophocles,
Euripides, Aeschylus, Herodotus, Plato, and Aristotle.
Question: Was incest common, what were the atitudes at the time to incest?
Answer: Because of the isolation of women during the classical period
incest was not common. The suicide of Jocasta indicates her feelings toward
incest in the archaic period. But many of the deities participated in
incest so it might have been more common earlier. Examples of incest:
- Oedipus and his mother Jocasta
- Oeneus with his daughter Gorge
- Smyrna with her father Thias
Question: Did the ancient greeks practice both felatio and cunnilingus?
Answer: The ancient greeks had no moral prohibition against this. Of
felatio there are illustrations but I have no documention for cunnilingus.
Question: How often did ancient greeks have sex?
Answer: Wives had sex as often as the wanted. If the husbands needed more
they went to the hetaerae.
Question: Where can I find beautiful paintings of love making of Greece?
Answer: No paintings survive from ancient Greece. But in the Cleveland
Museum of Art is a lovely painting called Cupid and Psyche painted in
1817 by Jacques Louis David. You can see this painting by selecting
the highlights tour from the index at:
Question: how do lesbians have sex?
Answer: The best sex is had when each partner does what the other one wants.
Question: What is it?”
Answer: She is Aphrodite.
"...For when I look on you, Then methinks Hermione Was never such as you to see, And I can say with better grace That Helen's likeness is in your face Than any maiden's of mortal race; Nay, I'd set you higher, And to your beauty's altar bring All my mind's thoughts for offering And all my heart's desire." "To Her Beloved" by Sappho, translated by J. M. Edmonds
Question: Did the romans also have sex standing up as the predominant position?
Answer: I doubt it but I have no information on the Romans.
Question: What is the story of the rape of proserpina?
Answer: Proserpina is the Latin name for Persephone. This story is
more properly the rape of Persephone. To read about this story Click on the
Menu Directory below then click on Persephone.
Question: What is the story of Apolo and Daphne?
Answer: This is a story that Ovid wrote well after the Greek period.
It is part of Book one of the Metamorphoses.
Question: What tips did the ancient greeks have to ensure pregnancy?
Answer: The Greeks wanted wives to marry younger and husbands to marry
older. Marriages were arranged so both partners would come from good families.
Wives were expected to focus on getting pregnant. If the wife could not
get pregnant, she was sent back to her family and another marriage was
Question: Did they pactice much foreplay, use aphrodisiacs and so forth to enhance sex?
Answer: They used good stories to enhance sex.
Question: CAn you give me a good story that will enhance sex?
Answer: Try the following poem by the ancient poet Sappho:
"ODE TO ANACTORIA Peer of the golden gods is he to Sappho, He, the happy man who sits beside thee, Heark'ning so divinely close thy lovely Speech and dear laughter. This it was that made to flutter wildly Heart of mine in bosom panting wildly!... Oh! I need to see thee but a little, When as at lightning, Voice within me stumble, tongue is broken, Tingles all by flesh with subtle fire, Ring my ears with waterfalls and thunders, Eyes are in midnight, And a sweat bedews me like a shower, Tremor hunts my body down and seizes, Till, as one about to die, I linger Paler than grass is..."
Question: Is greek culture noted for being bisexual more than homosexual?
Answer: Ancient Greek culture was more tolerant of various sexual lifestyles
but there is no reason to believe they practiced any lifestyle in excess. In
Western Christian cultures sex is subject to strict morality. But in general
all this morality does is cause sex to be more private. In ancient Greece
sex was more public and less private. But the ancient Greeks were a strongly
moral people. They chose to exercise their morality in different ways.
Question: I cant jack myself off unless i start thinking about dead people
Answer: What you think is not nearly so important as what you do, and when
you do it. You can do quite well pretending your lover is Helen of Troy,
but if you have to kill your lover, as Achilles did to Penthesilia, before
you have sex, you are in real trouble. My suggestion is that you stop
worrying about what you can do for yourself and worry about what you can do
for your lover. True love is not so much your own gratification, as what
you can do to take care of your lover.
Question: how often did people have sex
Answer: In the beginning of Aristophanes’ Lysistrata Lampito says:
“‘Tis cruel hard, by my faith, for a woman to sleep alone without her nooky”
Question: did they have big tits
Answer: The sculptures and art indicate sizes have not changed much.
Question: Who were Phyllis and Demophoon? Do you know anywhere on the
internet that I could find a colour scan of J. W. Waterhouse’s ‘Phyllis and
Demophoon’ neoclassical painting? Thanks.
Answer: Apollodorus mentions Phyllis and Demophon as follows:
Here is the same subject by Edward Burne-Jones:
Question: how to make the time longer in making love
Answer: Adoration and recapitulation. Contemplation of the beloved and
the preparation of favors spreads out and intensifies the thrill, while the
memory of the thrill of love lingers.
Question: I want unblocked sex websites in saudi arabia ?
Answer: You cannot always get what you want.
Question: what is the role in Ancient Greece
Answer: Women in ancient Greece were encouraged to be wives involved with
child-bearing and raising. Women were also encouraged in various domestic
activities such as weaving, food preparation, and cleaning. Women were
tolerated as entertainers and in various sex industries. They were discouraged
from participating in anything martial.
Answer: There were two. One was A nymph, daughter of Prometheus and Iodane.
The other was a nymph and daughter of the Boeothion river-god Asopus
and the water-nymph Metope, and the sister of Aegina. She married Zethus,
Antiope’ son, who helped build the wall abound Thebes.
She was the namesake of the city of Thebes who not only nurtures and raises
Thebans, but also serves as their metaphorical mother. Thebe’s identity served
as the poet Pindar’s nourishing well.
Question: les meilleure position du sex
Answer: That depends upon what you want. If you want to get pregnant there
are better positions, but they are not the most sensual. If you do not want to
get pregnant then the safest
approach is no sexual position. You do not even have to have vaginal sex to
produce a pregnancy. If you want to have sexual pleasure, you do not have to
worry about position, because it is all in your head. What helps is a good
story, and that is what the Greeks were good at.
Question: in real life today if a bull did it with a woman could it make her pregnant like pasiphae?
Answer: Some different animals do interbreed, such as a horse and a mule.
But most do not. Usually the ones that do are close in their ancestry. But
a bull and a human are too far apart to interbreed.
Question: How can I findsex?
Answer: In Lysistrata by Aristophanes Lysistrata says: “If we sit
at home all rouged and powdered, dressed in our sheerest gowns, and neatly
depilated, our men will get excited and want to take us.”
Question: photo sex animal with womens
Answer: Sorry, photography was not available in ancient Greece.
Question: what did women in ancient greece wear?
Answer: Click on the menu Directory below, then click on clothes.
Question: how a women should pleasure another women
Answer: The word “should” implies a moral judgement. The morality of
the women of ancient Greece was quite different than the morality of today.
Here is Sappho’s comment:
To Aphrodite GODDESS of Cyprus come, where beauty lights The way, and serve in cups of gold these lips With nectar, mixed by love with all delights Of golden days, and dusk of amorous nights.
Question: Man, you have got to be the most patient person I know… these
questions like repeat themselfs… Don’t people read the page before asking?
Answer: Most do, but the ones that do not really need help.
Question: is it ok for a lactating woman to breastfeed her man?
Answer: A lactating women should breastfeed her baby first. If there is
milk left over then it might not matter what she does with it. Ancient Greek
women knew nothing about germs but a modern mother would have to be very
concerned. A lactating women with a breast infection cannot nurse her baby.
Question: what is love
Answer: Sappho wrote a poem To Aphrodite in which she answers this
IMMORTAL on thy many-splendored throne Hear, Aphrodite Queen, that art Zeus' witching daughter; and whith pain and moan break not my heart! But come, if ever thou hast caught of old My distant cry and heard my plea, And left thy father's palaces of gold To visit me; And yoked thy chariot, and from heaven forth Driven thy sparrows fleet and fair With whirr of wings above the swarthy earth Through middle air. How fast they came! Then, Blessed One, didst thour With lips divinely smiling ask: "What new mischance is come upon thee now? Unto what task Have I been called? what is the dearest aim Of thy mad heart? who is to be Persuaded to thy passion? Sappho, name Thine enemy! For whoso flies thee now shall soon pursue; Who spurns thy gifts shall give anon; And whoso loves the not, whate'r one does, Shall love thee soon." Ah, come then, and release me from alarms That crush me: all I long to see Fulfilled, fulfill! A very mate-in-arms Be thou to me.
Question: can you
In the poem To Herself Sappho says:
Be still, my Soul; not thus for me, With thoughts outwelling glib and free, Canst thou effuse Adonis-hymns whose harmony Shall please the Muse. Such thoughts Desire that doth make fame cheap And Love that doth hearts in bondage keep Away have driven; And Persuasion's whelm-wit vial of gold To thy fancy's lip the sweets doth hold Of the wine of Heaven.
Question: picture of naked woman
Answer: Click here.
This is the famous Venus of Willendorf found by the archaeologist Josef
Szombathy in 1908. It is now dated to around 23,000 BCE.
Question: what did a vagina look like back then
Answer: The ancient Minoans were so taken by the resemblance of the vagina
to the head of a bull that they used the head of a bull as a major
religious symbol. Some of the Minoan imagery, including a bulls head,
is displayed at:
Heraklion Archeological Museum
Question: sex determintation
Answer: The sex organ is located on the body with the organ that eliminates
waste water. In the male the penis sticks out from the body and carries the
waste water. During the sex act the penis caries the semen used to impregenate
the female. Testicles attached to the penis provide the sperm for impregnation.In some animals, such as the beaver, the testicles and penis are hidden
from view, but in humans they are quite obvious. The female has a slit-like
opening through which the waste water passes. Behind the urethral tube for the
waste water is the vaginal opening. It is here that the male inserts his penis
during sex. The sperm from the male unite with an egg of the female which
then attaches and grows on the wall of the vagina to become a baby. So
sex determination involves observing a penis and pehaps testicles on a male
and a slit-like opening or vulva on the female. Females also have mamary
glands on threir breast, but only adult female humans have mamary glands that
stay enlarged most of the time.
Question: What’s the best defloration technique?
Answer: It is the same for males and females. Sex partners should
proceed with respect and consideration for their partner. Sex should not
cause pain. Be willing to practice and do different things until both partners
can achieve good satisfaction. If pain persists then see a physician. A
physician often can make any physical modification necessary for good
Question: who to make friend shipe
Answer: A good sex partner is a good worker and an interesting person to
be around. Most of the time you will not be having sex. You will be trying
to make a living and trying to recreate. Also, over time both partners change.
If the partners are not flexible then they will aggravate instead of cooperate.
Question: What is the venus butterfly
Click here but the advice in Ovid’s “Art of Love” may be just as good.
Question: Did the women of the Minoan culture sacrifice the men?
Answer: This is suggested by the story of the Minotaur, though in the story
of Theseus and the Minotaur, both boys and girls were sent to be sacrificed.
Question: I like fiend girl friend.
Answer A fiend is a demon or an evil spirit. It is also the Devil
incarnate. For the ancient Greeks there was no Devil. But there were
goddesses who were associated with the dark side of life and evil. Scilla
and Charybdis were evil, destructive goddesses. The Sirens and the Harpies
were also. The furies seem dark but they hounded criminals to death.
Persephone, Artemis, and Medusa are all associated with death, but they
do not seem like fiends. The Amazons were fiendish opponents who may have
worshipped Ares, the god of war. But the best model for your girl friend
would be Circe and her niece Medea. They had the power to do evil, and
they often used their power in fiendish ways. Circe was a goddess while
Medea was a mortal who was a priestess of the dark goddess Hecate. If you
study Medea you will find that their are advantages to having a fiend
for a girl friend because she does in your enemies. But if you cross her
she does you in.
Question: How to have sex when you want to become pregnant
Answer: The most common position in ancient times is probably the best.
In this position the woman bends down and rests on all four limbs and the
man enters from the rear. In this position the uterus is tipped up and the
semen from the man flows down hill.
Question: My h usband and I are disagreeing ALOT as to who to displate our
12 year olding (only child). Please, please… he plp
Answer: No one, including you or your husband should do anything to your
child, male or female. Discipline should be, as much as possible, a natural
consequence of the child’s acts. If the child does not cooperate with you,
then you should not cooperate with the child. Your husband should do the same.
The parents then need to agree on what counts as cooperation. You need to
then focus on good behavior. When a child cooperates then the child needs to
be rewarded. You may wait a long time for this, but when it happens it should
not be ignored. Which ever parent witnesses the cooperation should apply the
reward as soon as possible. If you punish the child, particularly one as old
as twelve, then you should prepare to be punished youself.
Question: do u have information on the greek god aries
Answer: Ares was the Greek God of War.
Question: how to have sex with a horse.
Answer: some girls have orgasms just by riding a horse. If girl bends over
in front of a stallion he may try to mount her. Ponies do this the best. A
man can have sex with a mare by inserting his penis in her vagina. The
advantage of this type of sex is that neither the girl or the mare will get
pregnant. But animal sex can be quite violent and the human involved can be
Question: what does a pussy look like?
Answer: ‘Pussy’ means the same as ‘beaver’ which is slang for the female
genital organ vulva. Every female has one so they know what it looks like. But
they do not want to show it to you because then you think that they want sex.
If they are sensable girls they won’t want sex with you unless you want to marry
them and take care of the babies that result. This means that you should have
a lot of money and a good job. So if you are really interested in seeing pussy
you should study hard in school and get your degree, then get a good job. The
same was true in ancient Greece where men had to be thirty and well
established in their profession before they could get married.
Greeks compared the female genital to a slit apricot but they did not emphasize
the vulva in art. This was more common in prehistoric art. There is a
discussion of images of the vulva in prehistoric art at:
Question: how did they practice sex in Ancient Greece?
Answer: The men did whatever their wives wanted to get them pregnant, then
they went to the hataerae if their wives did not give them what they wanted.
Question: didthe anicient Greeks masturbate?
Answer: Masturbating for your own pleasure is fairly unproductive, but you
may have to masturbate to prepare yourself for your lovers pleasure. Practice,
after all, makes perfect. The hetaetae would have had to practice to develop
their skills, but whether they did it themselves or had some one else do it
I do not know. At any rate masturbation is an almost universal activity. It
is very likely that both sexes of the ancient Greeks masturbated.
Question: Did ancient Greek men prefer large or small breasts?
Answer: The ancient Greeks left many pictures and statues that can be
studied for breast size. It is still considered that the size they choose is
Question: What were the Greek views on chastity?
Answer: The goddess Artemis preferred chastity before marriage. The ancient
Greeks were not fond of celebacy and people were encouraged to marry. During
marriage chastity was discouraged.
Question: What did the Greeks do tu prevent mess during menstration?
Answer: I have no information on this, but the isolation of women in
Greek society helped the women to deal with these problems. In other similar
societies, women have been greatly hadicapped during menstruation because of
the perceived threat to the community that a menstruating woman provides. They did use a triangular bandage to contain their breasts under certain
circumstances, and they may have used a similar device for menstruation.
Question: Did the greeks perform oral sex?
Answer: This is illustrated on Greek vases.
Question: have you ever had sex?
Answer: My mother and my mother-in-law both had sex and I provided them
with a grandson in return.
Question: venus butterfly sex position
Answer: The pubic bone that surrounds the vulva is the mons veneris or
the mountain of venus. When a women spreads her legs and then spreads the
lips of the vulva, the result ressembles a butterfly. This image seems
to have been an inspiration for Judy Chicago in her Dinner Party Project
which helps women to realize the value of their inner qualities.
Question: What is something new me and my girlfriend can have fun with/doing?.
Answer: Take your girlfriend to the Boston Museum of Art to study the
ancient Greek vases paintings. Carefully note each sexual technique portrayed
and then try it with your girlfriend.
Question: Were there many gay and lesbian relationships in Greece?
Answer: Yes there were.
Question: how were upper class female rights different from lower class female rights?
Answer: Priestesses had a significant role in ancient Greek society with
considerable autonomy and freedom. Wives were expected to remain in the
confines of their home where outside activities were undertaken either by
husbands or slaves. Lower class women were forced to do the drudgery
that upper class women had slaves do. They also had to leave the house for
such tasks as carrying water and wastes.
Question: how do you ejaculate by using your prostate
Answer: Orgasm in the male results from stimulation of the nerves in the
penis which has causes the penis to swell and become rigid. This orgasm
conists of constriction of the prostate causing a release
of seminal fluid into the canal normally used for urine. This rush of fluid
draws sperm from the testicles into the seminal fluid. The result is that
fluid containing sperm is ejected from the swollen penis. The orgasm
concludes with the swelling of the penis reduced.
Question: how did men express their penis
Answer: The question is, how did the man make their penis swell? In
the play Lysistrata by Aristophanes Lysistrata says “If we sit at home
all rouged and powdered, dressed in our sheerest gowns, and neatly depiliated,
our men will get excited and want to take us….” After an absence of the
women for five days the men are in agony. This is because their penises have
swollen and they want relief. It seems as though just the passage of time
Question: How do I have sex?
Answer: If you care about someone else rather than yourself, you often
have to please that person by having sex.
Question: women fucking bulls
Answer: The mythology has it that Pasiphae, the Queen of Crete fell in
love with a beautiful white bull and bore a child by him, the Minotaur.
Question: women fucking animals
Answer: The deities of Egypt all had animal heads and human bodies. The
Greeks seemed to think these were the result of human intercourse with animals.
Question: is it nice to do sex
Answer: By itself, sex, according to the ancient Greeks, is neither good
nor bad, but is good or bad according to the consequences.
Question: what is the technique for venus butterfly
Answer: First get the woman to read a sexy story about a woman who is
sexually satisfied. Then do whatever she wants.
Question: can i see a wemon’s vagina
Answer: Inside a woman’s vagina is like a dark cave and you cannot see
anything. References to a cave in art may be symbolic of a vagina, for example:
Outside the woman’s vagina resembles a bull’s head with the vulva at the
mouth of the bull and the fallopian tubes forming the horns. This may have
been the reason that the Minoans worshipped a bull.
Question: wath is sex
Answer: Sexual reproduction is a biological method of producing new
individuals from the genetic material of two parents. The male provides
the sperm and the female provides the egg, while the female hosts the
offspring until it is large enough to survive on its own. The male inserts
his uninary member into an opening in the body of the female just behind her
urinary duct. Physical stimulation of the member causes an ejaclation which
sends millions of sperm into the body of the female. The ovaries of the female
release just one egg or perhaps a few. When a sperm finds the egg it enters
and fertilizes it. The egg then attaches to the wall of the vagina where
it grows into a minature individual. This baby shares the bodily nutriment
of the female until the vagina expells it at birth when it breathes on its
own and depends upon its own heart.
In prehistoric times humans did not understand the relation between
sexual intercource and pregnancy. By the Trojan war most Greek humans
understood this, but they did not know about sperm and eggs or genetics.
Question: Did they practice necrophelia
Answer: Achilles practiced necrophilia with the Amazon Penthesilia.
Question: sexual position going greek
Answer: Anal sex in homosexuals or sex from the rear in heterosexuals.
Question: what is the meaning of lesbian and gay?
Answer: Lesbians are female homosexuals. Gay is a synonym for homosexual.
neither name is particularly appropriate.
Question: can you show women about 5-8 or above long sexy legs?
Answer: I doubt any Ancient Greek women were that tall. But here is a
picture of Amazons:
Question: orgy parties
Answer: For the ancient Greeks the orgy was not a party or entertainment,
but rather a religious event. It was a secret rite of the cult of Demeter
or Dionysius involving frenzied singing, dancing, drinking, and sexual
activity. It would have been similar to a evangelical Christian revival.
Orgies were so popular that when priests forbid them in southern Italy, the
people found a spider whose bite must be cured by frenzied dancing. The odd
thing about this spider was that the bite was contageous and when one person
was bitten then pretty soon the whole village had to dance. The spider
was called the tarantula, and the curative dance was called the tarentella.
Question: Did women have orgasms?
Answer: Yes they did. Not only did they have orgasms but it was felt that
they were many times stronger than those of the men, so much so that it was
believed that the sexual urges of women were uncontrollable. This was one of
the reasons that the emphasis was placed on virginity and the isolation of
Question: is there sexual intercouse with the mother and son and what was the impact
Answer: When Oedipus solved the riddle of the sphinx the people of Thebes
were so grateful that they made him king. He was then married to the queen
Jocasta. They had two lovely and devoted daughters Antigone and Ismene
and two sons, Eteocles and Polynices.
Later Oedipus found out that Jocasta was his mother. She then committed
suicide and he blinded himself. But his two daughters took care of him
until he died of old age.
Question: find girl who young sheep suckle her breast
Answer: The god Zeus may have been suckled by a goat named Amalthea.
Atalanta was suckled by a bear. This might be a suitable image for Artemis
but I do not find any examples.
Question: how do I make my semen taste better for her
Answer: Semen is not intended to be tasted but salsa or chocolate sauce
improves the flavor of anything. If she does not like the taste give her
the chocolate without the semen.
Question: What reflections did the marriage of Zues and Hera have on Greek
society? Was their relationship used as an example of how to, or how not to,
Answer: The best interpretion of their marriage was the merging of two
cultures with the one dominated by a male god obtaining dominance over the
culture dominated by a female goddess. The marriage become a description of
fact rather than a moral imperative. The hope was that this was taken as an
example of how not to behave but this is hard to know.
Question: What does the swan mean in Leda and the Swan?
Answer: In the myth Zeus in the form of a swan rapes Leda and she gives
birth to an egg. From the egg Helen was born. This myth is similar to many
creation stories which have the world coming from an egg. It also may be
a reference to a time when the bird goddess was important. It is also possible
that Leda was the queen of a society that was conquered by the society that
worshipped Zeus. In this case the swan could represent the ships that brought
Question: I am a virgin and I am afraid to have sex with my boyfriend
bcause he has a big penis can you give me any tips on how to go about this.
Answer: Artemis likes it this way because she wants you to be a virgin when
you are married. But if you insist on going ahead an have intercourse then
you can use you fingers to stretch the size of your vaginal opening. Or your
boy friend can use his fingers. Prehistoric sites sometimes contain dagger
like pieces of bone with testicles or other erotic carving which may have been
used for the same purpose.
Question: was it a common practice for siblings to marry one another?
Answer: No. Even though the gods did this commonly, it was considered
Question: What was the economy like in ancient greece
Answer: The economy collapsed after the Trojan war, but it was robust during
the classical period. The Peloponesian war caused a partial collapse, but
after Greece was conquered by the Romans some properity returned.
Question: how to increase time duringintercourc
Answer: The ancient Greeks waited until they were older. You do not
have to work so hard.
Question: Picture Please
Answer: Click on the links and the pictures will appear.
Question: can a horse become pregnant from a human
Question: Did Greek Women Fart?
Answer: Gas is a product of the digestion process of most foods. How much
gas is produced depends upon the nature of the food and the culture of the
individual digestive tract. But a certain amount of gas is inevitable in any
digestion. Greek women were no different than any other humans in this
Question: about the gods of greek myhology
Answer: This web site is more about goddesses.
Question: oral sex
The ancient Greeks had oral sex because it was illustrated on the Greek
Question: Having sex at first is painful and do you bleed?
Answer: This is often the case and this is one of the reasons that virgins
were said to be sacrificed by the ancient Greeks. But this need not be so.
In most cases the vaginal opening can be streched prior to sexual intercourse.
The ancient Greeks believed this was one of the techniques that Artemis used to
keep women virgins until marriage.
Question: Do most teenagers shave they’re pubic hair? You know, “down in
Answer: The custom in ancient Greece was to shave pubic hair but today it
is not often done.
Question: show how the sex is done between man and women
Answer: This is the way the ancient Greeks did it:
Question: does masrebatin leads to loss of energy.if so how much?
Answer: Masturbation uses energy, but how much depends upon your condition.
If you suffer from heart disease it could give you a heart attack, but if
you are disease free then it is just like strenuous exercise.
Question: what is the venus butterfly sex position
Answer: Venus is a Roman goddess and this is a site about ancient Greek
Question: male pleasure slaves and their use by Roman ladies
Answer: This is a Roman topic which is outside the subject of this site.
Question: can you please organise this site a little more? as much as i
would love to use it as a source in my thesis paper, it’s pretty ridiculously
set up and we dont know how legitimate your info is.
Answer: This page is part of a site on the role of women in the art of
ancient Greece. It is a response to the many questions I have had relating
to love and sex in relation to ancient Greek women. Even today many people
find them quite sexy which is amazing since many of them have been dead 3350
years. I would like to reorganize this material but I have little time
right now because so many questions are coming in. When I get time I will.
The material is as accurate as I can make it. If you find any errors I will
post them and make corrections. I have even asked many people to review
the material because of its importance, but I have received no cooperation.
You can see there have been few corrections submitted. For now you will have
to accept it as it is.
Question: how did the romans treat women after sex
Answer: When Odysseus was done having sex with Circe she bathed him. But
this is a site about ancient Greek women, not Roman ones.
Question: can i see some pictures on murders
murder of Hipparchos by Harmodios and Aristogeiton.
Orestes, Aigisthos, Chrysothemis (small)
- Apollo is killing Tityos
Greek killing Trojan
Herakles killing the lion
Theseus slaying the Minotaur
Perseus slaying Medusa as Hermes looks on
Question: is there a love postion for a man to get deep feeling for a girl
that likes him
Answer: When there is strong love any position will work. As with
Odysseus and Penelope the effect will travers great distance and time.
Question: any one have pictuers of britney spears naked?
Answer: Britney Spears is not a woman of ancient Greece, so she is out of
the scope of this web page. But the difference between Aphrodite naked and
Britney Spears naked is only slight. The ancient Greeks did a number of
statues of Aphrodite naked. Will this work?
Question: how often did they have sex?
Answer: Lysistrata suggests that an absense of 5 days was unbearable.
Question: Why do people suffer?
Answer: The ancient Greeks believed that people suffered because of the
whim of the deities. You can reduce your suffering by gaining the favor of the
deities and by avoiding angering them. If you do good you will be rewarded
by the deities in this life, but if you do bad you may be punished in this life
and the next.
Question: Can I have information about Kalypso?
Answer: Click on the Menu directory below then click on Calypso.
Question: why do girls have a certain spot they like in the pussy
Answer: The clitorus is a small erectile organ at the upper end of the vulva
homologous with the penis. This word ultimately comes from the greek
kleitorus, which means a small hill. All mamalian females have such an
organ. The reason for such an organ is bound up in the evolutionary scheme
of things. There is no scientific reason for it.
Question: How should i improve my sex, herbal medicines, scientific
methods/medicines, guide me
Answer: If your sexual funtion is normal then the most important thing to
pursue is self-actualization and the ability to make a contribution to
others in your community. If you have confidence in yourself then sex will
be like icing on the cake. If you lack confidence it will be like the
proverbial albatross around your neck. A liberal arts education is very
helpful for self actualization and study of the ancient Greeks is central
to the liberal arts. The topic of this site is the Role of Women in the Art
of Ancient Greece. Study of this topic is very likely to improve your
Question: WHEN WOMEN HAD ORAL SEX DID THEY GET THER FACE FULL OF
Answer: Not necessarily. If the woman swallows the semen she does not get
pregnant. But, even though the man will have to recover before he can
ejaculate again, it cannot be assumed that sexual intercourse is now safe.
Sperm can be transferred without ejaculation. For a woman swallowing the
semen may not be pleasant, but it is a lot more pleasant than an unwanted
pregnancy. For this reason hetaerae performed oral sex on a regular basis.
Answer: Dionysus was the god of wine and revels. During the classical
period he had a group of female followers called maenads. The maenads
strove for mystic ecstasy. Exactly what they did is a mystery intentionally.
They were involved in ceremonies which seem to suggest sexual orgies related
to fertility rites. They are often depicted wearing the skins of animals
and carrying a thyrsos. This wand was wreathed in pine leaves and topped
with a pine cone. This activity may have been a reaction to the confinement
which the men of Greece imposed on their women. At any rate the men were
terrified of the maenads and in their estatic state they could do many things
that were otherwise prevented or disapproved.
Question: Could you provide more information on the GReek attitude towards
sex? I understand the parts about their religions being based on a completely
different set of morals, but could you expand??
Answer: Consider what Odysseus says (Odyssey, Book V) to Calypso:
“And Odysseus of many counsels answered, and spake unto her:
‘Be not wroth with me hereat, goddess and queen. Myself I
know it well, how wise Penelope is meaner to look upon than
thou, in comeliness and stature. But she is mortal and thou
knowest not age nor death. Yet even so, I wish and long day
by day to fare homeward and see the day of my returning.
Yea, and if some god shall wreck me in the wine-dark deep,
even so I will endure, with a heart within me patient of
affliction. For already have I suffered full much, and much
have I toiled in perils of waves and war; let this be added
to the tale of those.’
So spake he, and the sun sank and darkness came on. Then
they twain went into the chamber of the hollow rock, and
had their delight of love, abiding each by other.”
Now consider Odysseus and Circe (Odyssey, Book X):
“Nay come, put thy sword into the
sheath, and thereafter let us go up into my bed, that
meeting in love and sleep we may trust each the other.”
‘So spake she, but I answered her, saying: “Nay, Circe, how
canst thou bid me be gentle to thee, who hast turned my
company into swine within thy halls, and holding me here
with a guileful heart requirest me to pass within thy
chamber and go up into thy bed, that so thou mayest make me
a dastard and unmanned when thou hast me naked? Nay, never
will I consent to go up into thy bed, except thou wilt
deign, goddess, to swear a mighty oath, that thou wilt plan
nought else of mischief to mine own hurt.”
‘So I spake, and she straightway swore the oath not to harm
me, as I bade her. But when she had sworn and had done that
oath, then at last I went up into the beautiful bed of
Now consider what Paris says to Hector (Iliad, Book III): “Still, taunt
me not with the gifts that golden Venus has
given me; they are precious; let not a man disdain them, for the
gods give them where they are minded, and none can have them for
And from Iliad Book III: ‘And Paris answered, “Wife, do not vex me
with your reproaches.
This time, with the help of Minerva, Menelaus has vanquished me;
another time I may myself be victor, for I too have gods that will
stand by me. Come, let us lie down together and make friends. Never
yet was I so passionately enamoured of you as at this moment- not even
when I first carried you off from Lacedaemon and sailed away with you-
not even when I had converse with you upon the couch of love in the
island of Cranae was I so enthralled by desire of you as now.” On this
he led her towards the bed, and his wife went with him.’
These statements form the core of the Greek morality of sexual intercourse.
We learn from the Iliad that a man can steal another man’s wife but it is
a real evil. From the Odyssey we learn that sexual intercourse with another
women is not evil but rather something that we do for pleasure. We also
learn that sexual partners must trust one another. Notice that it probably
is not Penelope’s sexual prowess which draws him to her. These values are not
the ones that have dominated western culture for 2000 years.
Question: did men and women have anal sex?
Answer: Yes they did. But the majority of anal sex is male homosexual.
Homosexuality was tolerated by the ancient Greeks and anal sex was part of
it. Because the common heterosexual position has the man entering from the
rear and many illustrations of this exist from ancient Greece, it is commonly
assumed that heterosexual sex was anal also. No doubt some prostitutes did
perform anal sex because it reduced the risk of pregnancy. But the majority
of heterosexual sex was propably not anal. Anal sex is not that popular
because the anus is more delicate that the vagina and rectal bleeding is
common. This means that disease is easier to transmit.
Question: Did they have three in a bed, orgies etc?
Answer: Yes they did.
Question: How common was rape, what was the punishment?
Answer: During the archaic period rape was very common. By the classical
period women were isolated from men and rape became very rare. The punishment
for rape varied with the circumstance. The rapist of a man’s wife or mariagable
daughter could be killed by the man. Financial restitution may be required
if a man rapes the woman slave of another man. Rape of other women may or may
not be a legal issue. A prostitute could sue for financial damages, but she
may not get them. In the context of a war rapes were common and un-punished.
But when Cassandra was raped in the temple of Athena, Athena requested that
Zeus punish the army of the Soldier who attacked her. As a result some 20 to
30 thousand warriors lost their lives.
Question: did the ancient greeks consider shaply feet erotic or just
Question: Did they go naked in sex, if not what did they wear?
Answer: Naked or a filmy gown.
Question: Did the greeks have saunars or roman/ turkish bath like places?
Answer: Hot springs were known and used. Bathing was a customary ritual
for guests. This is from the Odyssey, Book X: “And a fourth
bare water, and kindled a great fire beneath the mighty
cauldron. So the water waxed warm; but when it boiled in
the bright brazen vessel, she set me in a bath and bathed
me with water from out a great cauldron, pouring it over
head and shoulders, when she had mixed it to a pleasant
warmth, till from my limbs she took away the consuming
weariness. Now after she had bathed me and anointed me well
with olive oil, and cast about me a fair mantle and a
doublet, she led me into the halls and set me on a chair
with studs of silver, a goodly carven chair, and beneath
was a footstool for the feet.”
Question: would they have sex outside much?
Answer: In the Iliad, Book XIV there is this romantic picture of Zeus
and Hera: ‘And Zeus answered, “Hera, you need not be afraid that either god
or man will see you, for I will enshroud both of us in such a dense
golden cloud, that the very sun for all his bright piercing beams
shall not see through it.”
With this the son of Cronos caught his wife in his embrace;
whereon the earth sprouted them a cushion of young grass, with
dew-bespangled lotus, crocus, and hyacinth, so soft and thick that
it raised them well above the ground. Here they laid themselves down
and overhead they were covered by a fair cloud of gold, from which
there fell glittering dew-drops.
Thus, then, did the sire of all things repose peacefully on the
crest of Ida, overcome at once by sleep and love, and he held his
spouse in his arms.”
Question: I know this isn’t a greek question, but where can I find good
pictures of the Lupanar (Pompei) fresco’s)?
Question: Did they like long shapely legs, what buttocks did they like in women?
Answer: >Aphrodite Kallipyge
Question: Did the women remove body hair – how?
Question: Yes they did. They used a razor, scissors, tweasers, or a hot
Answer: Phryne (the toad) was a famous hetaera in Athens during the Fourth
century BCE. She was the model for the statue of Aphrodite by Praxiteles.
According to Hermipppus of Smyrna “In fact whe was more beautiful in those
parts not exposed to view. Because of that it was not easy to see her naked.
She always wore a little chiton clinging to her flesh and did not use the
public baths. But athe the great festival of the Eleusinia and that of the
Posidonia in full sight of a crowd that had gathered from all over Greece,
she removed her cloak and let loose her hair before stepping into the sea;
and it was from her that Apelles painted his likeness of Aphrodite coming
out of the sea.” She was charged with impeity in a famous trial but was
acquitted when her beauty was revealed.
Question: What was the average ancient greek breast size – comparing modern
Answer: The Greeks did not measure averages. Rather they established ideals.
Even today the Venus de Milo is considered the ideal woman.
Question: The coomon roman reproduction of aphrodite of cnidos looks
somehow unshapley, was this realy the greek ideal, or is there any other more
accurate reproductions in existence?
Answer: There are many copies and their quality varies with the skill of the
copyist. Try this one:
Question: Can you give me a picture of a good condition ancient greek
female sculptures feet – I find shapely feet attractive?
Question: How many diferent sex positions did the ancient greeks use, what
Answer: I know of no difference between the positions used by the ancient
Greeks and the ones used today. In the Boston Museum of art is a vase that
illustrates seven different sexual positions, but I did not find it the last
time I visited. Perhaps you should visit their collection.
Question: How did they kiss, did they?
Answer: Kissing was more of a tender greeting than a sexual activity
as indicated by the following passage from the Odyssey (Book XVII):
“And the nurse Eurycleia saw him far before the rest, as she
was strewing skin coverlets upon the carven chairs, and
straightway she drew near him, weeping, and all the other
maidens of Odysseus, of the hardy heart, were gathered
about him, and kissed him lovingly on the head and
shoulders. Now wise Penelope came forth from her chamber,
like Artemis or golden Aphrodite, and cast her arms about
her dear son, and fell a weeping, and kissed his face and
both his beautiful eyes, and wept aloud, and spake to him
Question: what modern size of shoe would a perfect ancient greek girls feet be?
Answer: The Venus de Milo is the standard of perfection today so this
question will have to be addressed to the Louvre:
Question: from or how to start sex with women
Answer: After you get your degree and your good job you do not have to
worry about this. The women will tell you what to do.
Question: lovs_q=list of websites in wich girls are rape
Question: I have heard about a Hellenistic relief representing a Lamia
straddling a traveller. Where can I find an image of this sculpture, either
on the web or in a publication?
Answer: Though it is referenced by the Lillith literature, I find no
specifics. I did find the following reference: Burkert, Walter, The
Orientalizing Revolution, Harvard University
Press, Cambridge, 1992, ISBN 0-674-64363-1: “Lamia. She
is already mentioned in the archaic period by Steisichoros and
has also persisted in modern folklore. Lamia is grotesque, re-
pulsive, and hideous beyond measure; however, there is no un-
disputed Greek representation of her. The main characteristic
of Lamia is that she steals children, perhaps even from their
mothers’ bodies.” This work questions the value of the image mentioned,
but it does point out the similarity between gorgons and lamia. One should
be able to illustrate a lamia with a picture of a gorgon.
Question: Could you send me, or post a picture on this site a picture of
Athena west pediment plese, thanks. (Thanks also for this site, Have used it
for some time and find it very informative)
Answer: Wine and sex were associated in ancient Greece. But it is a crazy
kind of sex as illustrated in the following: Dionysos, satyr and maenad in
wine-making scene and this one: Dionysos, maenad, and satyr and finally:
Satyr and maenad. Usually the sex is very frustrated but here is a differentexample: satyr and maenad. Usually the satyrs seem interested in sex and
the maenad does not. The maenad can evade the satyrs using her thyrsus, a
snake, or some other device. But sometimes the maenad gets drunk and the
satyrs have their way.
Wine has the reputation of stimulating sex, but more truthfully what it does
is remove inhibitions. But it also reduces performance so that if you take
enough alcohol you cannot perform sexually at all. For the man this means an
inability to have sex, but for the woman this means an inability to enjoy
sex or repell unwanted advances. A drunk man may be unable to cause a
pregnancy, while a drunk woman may get pregnant without knowing who caused it.
Wine is also believed to cause ecstasy, a state during which the body has
a heightened ability. But while a person has a sense of increased ability
while drunk, an objective person will see a reduced ability. Even so the
belief caused maenads to be pictured in ecstasy even though this would have
been pure fantasy.
Question: need more infor. on Ovid’s The Art of Love,
Answer: This work can be read at: Click here
A study guide is available at: Click here
Ovid is a Roman author and out of the scope of this site.
Question: why is homosexuality so much more excepted back then then it is now ?
Answer: Morality focused on other aspects of sex. Homosexuality was
condemned as immoral by the early Christian fathers.
Question: is there a picture of Pasiphae and her passion with the white bull
Answer: No ancient picture, but there are several pictures of Europa and
a bull. She is always depicted as riding the bull as follows:
Question: did greek men and women rape there children
Answer: It seems likely. This is a tragedy of all times and places of
human culture. We try to prevent it but it is not easy. This type of
event is very hard on the children.
Question: did greek men and women have sex with dogs or horses
Answer: Probably. This is not a rare thing in all cultures where these
animals are domesticated.
Question: Could you tell me where I could find information about love, sex
and hetarai? Especially primary sources, I know about Plato’s symposium, are
there any others I could look up on the subject?
Answer: To approach this question you get to read some of the best and most
important literature ever written:
- Aeschylus wrote tragedies
- Aesop wrote fables
- Aristosphanes wrote comedies
- Aristotle wrote on Biology
- Demosthenes wrote Orations
- Euripides wrote tragedies
- Herodotus wrote histories
- Hesiod wrote poems
- Homer wrote poem
- Pindar wrote Odes
- Quintus Smyrnus wrote the Fall of Troy
- Sophocles wrote tragedies
- Theocritus wrote Bion and Moschus wrote Idylls
- Xenophon wrote commentary
Question: why was echo punished
Answer: Of Echo Hesiod, In his Ode to Pan, says only: “At that hour the
clear-voiced nymphs are with him and
move with nimble feet, singing by some spring of dark water,
while Echo wails about the mountain-top, and the god on this side
or on that of the choirs, or at times sidling into the midst,
plies it nimbly with his feet.” The punishment of Echo is described in
the Metamorphosis of Ovid and so is a Roman and not a Greek myth.
Question: I know this is the site for Greek women… but do you happen to
know about male rape during ancient greek or maybe in the mythology? If you do,
could you please give me some quotations or maybe books that i can refer to….
Answer: Possible references:
- On the Evolution and Cross-Cultural Variation in Male Homosexuality
- Articles on Homosexuality and Religion
Male rape is related to women because its existence denies the enticement of
women to be raped. Male rape is seen as much more an act of aggression than
an act of passion and its existence agues for rape as an act of aggression. This
takes pressure off women who are often seen as a willing victim.
Question: why was they having 5 children
Answer: Children provided needed labor.
Question: why do have a menstration?
Answer: Menstruation in women is an entirely natural biological process
in women that is part of her capabability to have babies. Of the higher
animals only humans and a few primates go through this process. Most of the
lowere animals go through an estrus cycle which has a similar function. The
most significant aspect of menstruation is that humans can have sex
spontaneously and continuously rather than only during a special season when
the female is in heat. This seems to have an important social function
which binds families together.
Question: I have a fetish for toilet paper and any sexy woman using it
turns me on. Did anciennt greek females use it?
Answer: No. Paper came to Europe during the Renaisance. Toilet paper was
developed after mass production was more common probably during the Ninteenth
Question: Did love ever exist in ancient Greece?
Answer: The following stories seem to involve love:
- Penelope and Odysseus in the Odyssey.
- Perseus and Andromeda.
- Hector and Andromache.
Question: have you got any quotation abt the rape of Ganymedes and
Chrysippus? or can you refer me to a source where i can find it? thanks!
Answer: Label: Kunze 1940, Author: E. Kunze, Title: Zeus und Ganymedes,
Secondary Title: Berliner Winckelmannsprogramm. See also: Click here. In the Poem To
Aphrodite Hesiod wrote: “(ll. 202-217) `Verily wise Zeus carried off golden-haired
Ganymedes because of his beauty, to be amongst the Deathless Ones
and pour drink for the gods in the house of Zeus — a wonder to
see — honoured by all the immortals as he draws the red nectar
from the golden bowl. But grief that could not be soothed filled
the heart of Tros; for he knew not whither the heaven-sent
whirlwind had caught up his dear son, so that he mourned him
always, unceasingly, until Zeus pitied him and gave him high-
stepping horses such as carry the immortals as recompense for his
son. These he gave him as a gift. And at the command of Zeus,
the Guide, the slayer of Argus, told him all, and how his son
would be deathless and unageing, even as the gods. So when Tros
heard these tidings from Zeus, he no longer kept mourning but
rejoiced in his heart and rode joyfully with his storm-footed
Question: how women receieve penis with sexual exciting during intercourse ?
Answer: In the normal case both the penis and the clitoris are equipped with
nerve endings that provide sexual pleasure because they are physically
stimulated during intercourse. Some couples are especially concerned that
the sexual position be right so that both can be so stimulated, but in
practice this is quite difficult. Since individuals vary, it is necessary
that some communication exist so that both persons can be satisfied, usuually
at different times. But what is most frustrating is that the physical
stimulation is often not enough. Sexual pleasure may relate to the sex organs
in in a general way, but it is very dependent upon the state of the rest of
the nervous system. A person who is sexually excited is more likely to become
genitally stimulated. But this excitement may not depend on sexual
stimulation all. Stories can produce sexual excitement, or sounds in the next
apartment. The sight of a naked woman may produce sexual excitement in a man
but the stimulus can be much more subtle: a smile, a lightly lifted skirt,
twirling hair, perfume, etc. Women have subtle cues, too, but the cues are
often quite different in men and women. The odd result of this is that an
excited women is capable of receiving a flacid penis and stimulating a minor
ejaculation in a relatively handicapped man that is sufficient to impregnate
her. On the other extreme an extremely energetic man with a powerful orgasm
can so fail to stimlate a woman that she is totally unaffected. It is at this
point that one realizes the importance of some of the stories of the Greeks.
Some are extremely sexy and exciting and others are a big turn off. The fact
is that if you find which ones are exciting, then you have a clue to what turns
you on and how you can control your own state of excitement.
Question: what does a virgins vagina look like
Answer: The vagina of a virgin is no different from any other vagina.
Question: how were iphigenia and polyxena sacrificed
Answer: They were trussed and then stabbed in the throat. But one source
says that Polyxena was eager to die because she did not want to be a slave.
She ripped open her dress and bared her breasts and asked to be stabbed in the
breast so that no one would touch her after she died.
Question: my clit gets so big while having sex is that normal?
Answer: There is much that can swell during sexual excitement including, for
the clitorus, labia, nipples, lips, cheeks, etc. But notice that having sex
is not a very precise term. You can merely see your lover across the room
and have the same result. Or, if he has jilted you, he could be actively
penetrating you and nothing will happen. Sex is fairly ephemeral. The
dependence on working plumbing is slight. By studying sex among the ancient
Greeks you will realize this.
Question: i cant get any pussy so do u think i should turn gay coz no1
likes me thank u alot
Answer: First you have to worry a lot more about what you can give and a
lot less about what you can get. Then you really need to worry about who
turns you on and what you can do for that person. It is very tiring to have
to fake a sexual preference that you are not suited to. Then you have to
figure out how to develop a meaningful relationship that is based on something
besides sex. Few people can afford to spend all their time on sex and even
fewer can support themselves in this way. You need to develop some interests
that get you through the rest of your life. You will be amazed at how much
pussy you get once you have a good job and lots of money.
Answer: You do not need an album of images of your lover.
Question: where is the female voice in greek mythology?
Answer: The Ancient Greek goddesses spoke sometimes very loudly for women.
Question: are there any pictures of oral sex that include non heterosexual couples?
Answer: In ancinet Greece couples of every sexual persuasion engaged in
Question: I am interested to know more about mixed bathing in ancient
Greece. I know that in the huge thermae of the Roman Empire, men and women
often bathed together, as they have done in Japan since ancient times. Was
there any similar institution in ancient Gr
Answer: I do not think so. In ancient Greece women bathed in groups or
the bathed themselves. But women bathed men singly. The women or her
maids would bathe any guests as a matter of hospitality. In the Odyssey
Book VI, Nausicaa says “So, my maidens, give the stranger meat and drink, and
bathe him in the river, where withal is a shelter from the
winds.'” intending her maidens to give the naked Odysseus a bath.
Question: Since women are born naked, why do they need to cover their
breasts, and why is it an offence to look at breasts? No woman should wear
anything to cover breasts, right? Breasts should be admired by
everyone and not kept a secret. Indecent clothing should be encouraged also.
Answer: This question is answered by Anatole France in his novel Penguin
Island which perhaps you can read. Penguin Island
Recently I read that when women walked on all fours they only needed a bare
buttocks to attract men but that when they walked erect they had to develop
something similar on the front. This does suggest that women would want to
expose their breasts. But covering them leaves more to the imagination and
you still know they are there. Other sexual attributes should be uncovered
as well, but that removes mystery. The other problem is uglyness. Many bodies
are ugly and deserve to be covered, but beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.
So artists paint the beautiful sex attributes to be viewed in a museum, while
normal street clothes cover up the uglyness and otherwise leave you guessing.
Answer: To the ancient Greeks porn was any visual material which supported
the business of the cheap slave prostitutes.
Question: How to give oral sex to a female
Answer: Ask her what she wants and then do what she tells you.
Question: How to give “GOOD” oral sex to a female
Answer: Ask her what she wants and then do “GOOD” what she tells you.
Question: How did ancient Greeks clean their clothes
Answer: “Now when they were come to the beautiful stream of the
river, where truly were the unfailing cisterns, and bright
water welled up free from beneath, and flowed past, enough
to wash the foulest garments clean, there the girls
unharnessed the mules from under the chariot, and turning
them loose they drove them along the banks of the eddying
river to graze on the honey-sweet clover. Then they took
the garments from the wain, in their hands, and bore them
to the black water, and briskly trod them down in the
trenches, in busy rivalry. Now when they had washed and
cleansed all the stains, they spread all out in order along
the shore of the deep, even where the sea, in beating on
the coast, washed the pebbles clean. Then having bathed and
anointed them well with olive oil, they took their mid-day
meal on the river’s banks, waiting till the clothes should
dry in the brightness of the sun.” Odyssey, Book VI
Question: some picturs of tall hair ladies
Answer: Any goddess will do. A goddess normally stood a full head higher
than the average man in ancient Greece. And their hair was always gorgeous.
Question: if the father have B+ blood group and mother have A- blood group.
what are the possible blood group of their child
Answer: Here are some articles:
- http://www.immgen.com/html/about-bt.html”>Click here
Question: what is the best way to have anal sex?
Answer: Gently. The advantage of anal sex is that the female does not
become pregnant. The disadvantage is that the walls of the anus are
delicate and the sex causes bleeding. Also the anus carries excrement which
is full of germs. This bleeding allows germs to enter into the body. The
result is that sexually transmitted diseases are transferred much more
easily in the case of anal sex and other diseases can result as well. If you
do not know your partner that well and it is your anus being used, then a
condom might be desirable. Cleaning all the apparatus used is desirable but
cannot be depended upon.
Question: did the greeks really do this type of thing?
Answer: You can be sure that the ancient Greeks were involved with all kinds
of sexual activity. They were fortunate that they lacked some of the sexually
transmitted diseases that we have today so sex was not as dangerous for them
as it is for us. But public health was not as good and they suffered in other
respects. They were probably no more promiscuous that we are but they
certainly were more open about sex and its portrayal in literature and art.
Even so their morals were not lower than ours and may have been higher. That
homosexuality was an open part of their society was more a tribute to their
morality than their immorality. Much of their sexual activity was covered
by religious principles which they took quite seriously.
Question: What was used for toilet paper? For Tampons? For Band-Aids?
Answer: Toilet paper was not in use until the nineteeth century and many
people remember using corn cobs until well into the twentieth. The need for
toilet paper may be related to diet and refined foods. Whether the ancient
Greeks used dried grasses or washed themselves with re-usuable towels will
remain a matter of debate.
The issue of tampons is less controversial. In
many cultures menstruating women are secluded so that menstrual bleeding
was a private matter. The normal seclusion and long dresses of the Greek
women might accomplish the same thing. Failing this rags would be used to
catch the blood. Though sponges, particularly in Greece, have always been
available the idea of using them as an insertion to give women freedom seems
For bandages herbs were put directly on the wound then wrapped with a scrap
Question: I REALLY AM HUNGRY FOR SEX BUT THE PROBLEM IS
THAT NO ONE EVER ASKS FOR ONE. WHAT CAN I DO, PLAESE
Answer: Sex is not a matter of appetites but rather of feelings. There is
much sexual stimulation which needs to be avoided. Reading about sex and
being exposed to sexual material just makes matters worse. Also a relationship
built just on sex tends to be a poor relationship. You need to develop other
qualities on which to build a relationship. Instead of asking what others
can do for you, you need to ask what you can do for others. Build skills in
youself that allow you to help others. When you can share with others some
will want to repay you with sex.
Question: What is the name of the sexual Pratice of an older man an a
younger boy where the older han has frontal sex with placing his penis between
the younger ones thighs
Answer: The word pedophilia comes to mind but it is not it. This was
a practice in ancient Greek times, no doubt, but not a good one. It seems
unlikely to have been without coercion and not considered legal anymore.
Question: Did the wives mind when the husbands sought sexual pleasure
Answer: The wives usually got what they wanted. If they did not like what
their husbands were doing, they made them miserable. Of course the wives might
not know what their husbands were doing.
Question: why are female genitalia not depicted with the same degree of
explicitness as male genitalia in ancient Gree, Roman and renaissance italian
and French sculpture?
Answer: The ancient Greeks established a style the emphasized the whole
human body in correct proportion, rather than giving in to enhansing parts
depending on their importance. In this system secondary sex characteristics
become as important as primary ones. Because the male sex organ is external
it continues to be displayed, but for the female, breasts and feminine form
become more important than the female sex organ.
Question: did greek men enlarg thier penises
Answer: Yes. When Greek men were sexually aroused their penises enlarged
and stiffened. This happened when a woman undressed for them, or kissed them
sweetly. Women dancing or playing the flute also aroused Greek men.
Question: why coulndt I get any of the pictures? WHy is ‘the sitre not
Answer: The picture links on this site point to many different sites. You
need to indicate which link or links are giving you trouble.
Question: what is the meaning of sexual gratification in ancient greek
Answer: It is not clear that the ancient Greeks thought that sexual
gratification was possible. According to Hesiod Pandora was put on the earth
to torment man. Through her beauty, grace, and charm she was very attractive
to man, but her deceit and cunning allowed her to get what she wanted and
leave the male with more needs and more work.
Question: is the long and thick penis is possible
Answer: The size of the erect male penis can vary considerably from
specie to specie and from individual to individual. In humans the size of an
can vary from 4 inches to over 12 inches. Unfortunately artistic conventions
allow exageration so historic images cannot be considered reliable evidence.
These conventions are reinforced by psychological considerations including
male desire for dominance and female desire for stimulation. The fact is that
a large penis can be physically painful in a women while a small penis may not
be sexually stimulating. Some women are psychologically stimulated by a large
penis while others are not. Most importantly the size of the penis may not
be correlated with fertility or potency.
Question: how do the greeks use to enlarge their penis. i just got the hint
that they were very comfortable in enlarging their penis. i really appreciate
Answer: The penis is a hydraulic system controlled by the nervous system.
Under normal circumstances it is sexual excitement that causes the penis to
enlarge, with more excitement causing more enlargement. Sexual excitement
can be entirely psychological caused by the thought of a sexy situation,
or it can involve stimulation, a kiss or a caress. This stimulation can
be of the many erogeous zones that vary from body to body and often quite
separate from the penis. On the penis itself there is a nerve that runs on
the underside of the penis that is most stimulating near the tip of the penis.
This nerve corresponds to the clitoris nerve in the female.
In most cases penis enlargement is a natural result of the love-making
process, but because penis size has a psychological impact on both the
male and female, efforts have been made to enhance penis size. More use
probably has the effect of increasing size, and drugs which have a
psychological effect can be a factor. But the most important drugs known to
the ancient Greeks, alcohol and opium, have a negative effect.
Question: Did women use makeup in sexual rites of passage, what colors and
why those colors
Answer: There is no indication in the imagery of any makeup but it is known
to have been used. The assumption is that it must have been light. During
the marriage ceremony women wore a scarf-like hood. I have been told that
Greek women wore red wedding dresses but I have found no evidence of it. Ancient
Minoan ladies cut their bangs according to their sexual status, but there is
no evidence of this among the Greeks.
Question: how is foot sex practiced, did the ancient greeks do foot sex?
Answer: Probably. Any part of the body can be an erogenous zone. And
because sex is so psychological the effect of the body on others can be
extended to things associated with the body, like underpants, or even things
touched and places stayed. The trick is to know your erogenous zones and your
lovers. People who are especially excited about feet are called foot
fetishists and they can seem quite annoying and strange to someone who does
not understand what is going on. When I was in a bookstore At Shaker Square
in Cleveland I ran across an interesting book on eroticism which had a picture
from Japan af a man who was enjoying the pleasure of seven ladies. In order
to satisfy all the ladies he had to use his feet. This is no doubt some
kind of record.
Question: are there any literature references (or indeed visual) which
provide evidence for the ancient greeks viewing shaply feet as erotic?
Answer: The ancient Greeks found women erotic (or perhaps did not like them
if they were not). As a result any evidence of a woman could be considered
erotic, and feet were much in evidence:
The front and back foot belong to a maden who seems to be running from a
partly naked young man wearing boots. One has to wonder about the phallic
nature of the lotus bud the maiden holds.
Question: how was bestiality viewed in ancient greece (not invovling
dieties but among the general populace practicing it)?
Answer: Bestiality, sex with animals, is a common practice in agricultural
societies. The many myths involving bestiality meant the ancient Greeks were
resolved to this fact.
Question: Were the ancient Greeks murdered if they raped somebody?
Answer: There were a number of different situations:
- If you were the family of a woman raped by a god you celebrated because
the offspring of the woman would be an exceptionally wonderful person.
- If you were a citizen and you knew the person who raped your wife or
daughter, you could kill that person and it would not be murder. You could
also kill the baby.
- If you were a citizen and you knew the person that raped your slave
you could sue for damages. You could kill the baby.
- If you were the wife of a citizen and he raped you, you could do nothing.
- If you were the slave of a citizen and he raped you, you could do nothing.
- Even though incest was considered an evil, it is not clear that a
daughter could prosecute her father who raped her.
- It is not clear that non-citizens could get any legal satisfaction. It
might depend upon who your friends were.
Question: Why was homosexuality common in ancient Greece
Answer: Homosexuality was no more common among the ancient Greeks than it
is today. What was common was tolerance of homosexuality. Since
homosexuality is a fact of nature what needs to be explained is why there is
so little tolerance of it.
Question: what does sex have to do with aphrodite????
Answer: Aphrodite controls sex appeal.
Question: did Aphrodite enjoy having sex???
Answer: She did, but she really is more of a flirt. She relates to the
sexual preliminaries. The actual sex act was more the realm of Hera. For
sexual pleasure you pray to Aphrodite. For conception you pray to Hera.
Question: If women are around 21 when they bear children, why do they get
married at 13? Does this mean the husbands wait until their wives are old
enough before they have sex?
Answer: A smart husband will postpone the pregnancy of his wife until
she is 21 so that his wife is both mentally and physically ready to begin
the process of child bearing. Young girls make poor mothers. The reason
for marrying a girl that young is so that the husband can be responsible
for the education of the girl so she can be well-trained and responsible when
she is a women. What could be better than on-the-job training in the house
where she is to spend the rest of her life? Many women seem to have taken
advantage of this opportunity and trained in many subjects beside the ordinary
domestic ones. In the Greek society the husbands could wait to have sex
because they could visit a hetaera whenever they wanted. Because the wife
was secluded she could not be sexually satisfied unless she was visited by her
husband. The problem is that the husband and wife were to consumate their
marriage on their wedding night and once the wife started to have sex she might
be insatiable. One wonders how the wife managed to not have sex until she was
Question: do you have a picture of plato
Answer: Click Here
Question: how to do coitus interruptus during sex intercouse
Answer: The ancient hetaerae wriggled away just before the male orgasm.
Question: Do you have interior women’s vagina?
Answer: The interior of a woman’s vagina was compared to a cave in the
earth by the ancient Greeks. Snakes were sacred because they lived in caves.
Black was a symbol of life because it was the color of the interior of a cave.
Question: was virginity important when a girl marry in the ancient greece?
Answer: The goddess Artemis encouraged girls to be virgins when they
married, and she was supposed to protect them so they would be. But the
men performed no test of virginity.
Question: wondering if if art, literature or mythology if there is anything
regarding man killing woman carring life to defeat death carried by woman
that he loves
Answer: Apollo persuaded the Fates to deliver Admantus from death if he
could find a substitute relative. Only his wife Alcestis would volunteer and
she died for him.
Question: Please, tell about Baubo and show some images
Answer: This quote is form the very old Orphic Hymns: “The goddess Demeter
wanders the earth in search of her lost daughter Persephone, stopping to rest
at Eleusis. A local woman, Baubo, offers her a drink of barley water, which
the goddess refuses. When that was said, she loosened her robes, displaying
her whole body … not a seemly sight! Iackhos, just a boy, was there and shot
his hand out to touch the underside of Baubo’s breasts. So did the Goddess
smile, She smiled in her soul, and accepted, and drank the kykeon from the
gleaming cup.” For pictures see the following article: The Women’s Voices Laughing
Question: How to fuck
Answer: Sexual intercourse involves the insertion of the male penis into the
Question: Slang X Positions
Answer: I have no information on this.
Question: fat women making love
Answer: The ancient Greeks produced no images of fat women.
Question: Thanks for u r response just i wanted to know about
the best slang or mastrubating positions of a male with
Answer: Your question suggests that You think that there is a best physical
arrangement for a male and a female. Unfortunately there is a lot of
relativity with this especially since the majority of the sex experience is
emotional and the nature of that experience is dependent upon other emotional
experience. And a lot depends on what is the goal. Sexual satisfation and
pregnancy are often at odds while sexual satifaction for the male may not
correspond with the female. The best situation is where a couple is open
to a number of possibilities and through experiment and communication a mutually
considered result is produced.
Question: do you have a good picture of a pussy
Answer: Click here.
This is the famous Venus of Willendorf found by the archaeologist Josef
Szombathy in 1908. It is now dated to around 23,000 BCE.
Question: what are blowjobs
Answer: Oral sex with a male penis. Hetaera did this for male clents in
ancient Greece. Oral sex has the advantage of not getting the female pregnant,
but it can be humiliating and a transmitter of venereal disease. No doubt
the hetaera were well paid for this. Sex slaves would be submitted to this
humiliation without compensation.
Question: How I can good improvements in sex
play with wife, I mean Ilke to get long time?
Answer: You need to spend more time giving your wife a pleasant sexual
experience and restrain yourself in your own sexual experience. Many have
thought that since women could not vote in ancient Greece they were second
class citizens. But if the husbands really treated them that way then they
ended up with second class sex.
Question: Before tampons and pads existed, what did women use to deal with
Answer: According to the following article pads and tampon always existed:
Click here. The article mentions
papyrus and cotton that could have been used for pads and tampons. Rags and
sponges could also have been used.
One note should be made about the freedom that mentrual protection provides.
Menstruation has been a subject of severe taboos in most cultures, both to
protect the menstruating woman and others from her miss-directed powers. The
Ancient Greek ladies were fortunate that they were not subject to these taboos.
Perhaps their seclusion provided this for them. In the Greek cultures, with
the aid of seclusion and protection a woman could hide her menstrual state.
But in other cultures careful track was kept and the woman was the subject
of rituals which could occupy her steadily for several days. She could
literally be a bound prisoner.
Question: My wife has been raped at the age of 13 & now she is terrified of
having sex. It has been 1 year of marriage & 2 years of dating & yet she gets
to nervous & scared to have sex. Please help what can we do?
Answer: This is a very difficult problem, but one that is very worth your
time because it will correct a great injustice. One problem is that when
we read about rape in novels and see it in the movies it is a crime of passion
where a beautiful woman attracts a man to her for sex. But the rapes that
are in the papers are almost invariably crimes of aggression where a weak
man wishes to overpower a weaker female. Your wife may feel guilty that she
attracted the rapist, or she may now associate sex with violence and being
dominated. You will have to be especially gentle and understanding with her.
She needs a lot of support. She will have to have lots of acts of gentleness
and support from you to overcome the one act of violence she endured.
She might benefit from a visit to a psychiatrist. The doctor might be able
to focus in on her problem, and he might prescribe tranquilizers that will help
her to over come her fear. But do lot leave her alone with this. If she
feels a visit to the doctor is because she is crazy, it will just make the
problem worse. If you take it as your problem and you are interested in
helping her then what the doctor does will be more effective. Unfortunately,
the experience you descrbe leaves scars for life. It may take years to
improve the problem significantly, and it will never go away entirely. But
the conquest of such a problem is a worthy goal for your life and for hers.
There are rape support groups that might be helpful:
- Wiltshire, UK
- Houghton, MI, USA
- Columbia University, NY, NY, USA
- UK rape support
- Birmingham, AL, USA3600 8th Ave. South, phone: (205) 323-7782.
You probably have a support group in your local community but I cannot find
Answer: Leda was raped by Zeus in the form of a swan. This makes a very
sexy and passionate image which has been much used by poets and artists, but
I hate to think of what a nightmare it was for poor Leda. She did have the
consolation of bearing chidren of Zeus who were always remarkable people and
this gave her some degree of immortality. Interesting the story may have
developed not from Zeus but some kind of interaction between Leda and a bird
goddess such as Athena who was presenting Leda with a charm or knowledge.
There probably was an egg in the picture because Leda’s children were born from
eggs. Perhaps the picture represented a transformation of bird goddess to
woman goddess, as Athena did sometimes. The story could then relate to the
domination of the Athena cult by the Zeus cult and the raping of Athena
Question: human sex with horses
Answer: If Pasiphae could have sex with a bull, why not a horse. Of course
she is a goddess and not a human. But in an agricultural environment such
activity is not uncommon. The Centaurs may have been the result of such sex.
Centaurs were very sexual and were always trying to rape women. Atalanta
killed two such centaurs. But Centaurs might not be considered horses or human.One interesting story involves the fact that women horseback riders
invariably have sex with the horse, in the sense that they get orgasms that
way. One wonders if Amazons fought on horses bareback for this reason. But
one might also think they would be distracted by the orgasms in the middle of
a battle. Perhaps this is why there are no more Amazons. Side saddles were
supposedly invented so women could ride without getting orgasms, but the French
call riding a horse sidesaddle ‘en Amazon’.
Question: what was the first sexual position
Answer: It is the position that Pandora took when she opened her “box”.
More on the implication of this can be read in: Click here.
Question: Could you Please tell me more about Achilles
Question: What is your status for what we Americans call “Manwhores”
down there? Are there any different forms of Male prostitution in
Answer: This site is about ancient Greece of some 2300 years ago. Male
prostitutes had a very low status.
Question: Women in wine advertisements. Is it ethical?
Answer: The ancient Greeks practiced this for example:
Dionysos flanked by silen and maenad which would make for a fine wine
advertisement. The problem is the truth of the image. Wine is associated
with good times, especially when sex is involved. The problem of the alcoholic
is the times are too good. The morality of abstinence cannot be disputed,
but the virtues of wine cannot be denied either. The best statement is that
such advertising is tasteless and unsympathetic to the problems of
the alcoholic but not immoral. Personally I live without alcohol, and I
hope my example allows others to live without it, but most people cannot.
Answer: Read about these in Aritophanes’ Lysistrata. Click here.
Question: can you show me a picture of them having sex with horses?
Answer: Here is Deianeira about to be mated with a Centaur: Click here. The
Centaur is the result, of course, of mating a human an a horse. Here is a
Centaur carrying off a nymph: Click here. Notice that the Amazon’s rode bare
backed: Click here
Question: DID THEY REALLY SUCK EACH OTHER5S DICKS?
Answer: Homesexual oral sex was practiced in ancient Greece, but it may not
have been any more common than it is today.
Question: I have read that in Roman history orgies were frowned
upon… is tis true of the greek culture as well?… If not,
what were the orgies like?, were there rituals performed?
Answer: Strictly, and orgy was a religious ritual for the cult of Dionysus.
These were called mysteries because the details were kept secret. The result
is that we do not know what happened. The fact that sexual activity did
occur led to the notion that what happened was an unrestrained indulgence
in sexual activity, but we cannot verify this. Since the rituals were
performed by women who had achieved a crazed state as a result of drinking
and dancing, the men were terrified of these rituals. It has been said that
the rituals were a reaction to the repression of women. But the men could do
little to stop them. During the Roman period the notion of orgy was more
related to sexual indulgence and the community naturally restrained them.
Question: Did religious cerimonies in ancient Greece included
Answer: Probably as often as religion includes sex orgies today.
Question: What happened to male children borne of prostitutes
and hetaerae? Were they “exposed” like female babies?
Answer: Unwanted babies of both sexes that were healthy were sold into
slavery. Only the unhealthy ones were exposed.
Question: greek brothel tokens
Answer: No information.
Question: How can starte with the girl ( this is the first time
to do some meeting and sex ? and she also.
Answer: Start with conversation. Save the sex until much later. Talk
about the weather, the surroundings, the news, or anything. Try to establish
interesting topics for conversation. Most of a marriage is spent in
conversation and not in sex. Try to get involved in activities that are
mutually interesting. The best situation is one where the lovers can share
information about mutually interesting topics. Naturally sex is one such
topic but a relationship should not be based on this one topic. Once some
basis of communication is established then the topic of sex can be discussed
and acted upon.
Question: did greek women masturbate and with what
Answer: Masturbation is a fairly common practice because it is so
pleasurable. Maturbation techniques are as common as the imagination. Hands
are often used, and there are stories of horseback riking having this effect.
Aristophanes mentions leather dildoes which were common enough.
Question: According to Aristotle, what determined the sex of a
Answer: A common notion in the time of Aristotle was that both the male
and the female produced semen. The sex of the child was determined by
which semen was most abundant. See: Click here.
Question: what is the real story about apolo and daphne?
Answer: Plutarch says: “Daphne, the daughter
of Amyclas, who, flying from Apollo, was transformed into a
laurel, and honored by that god with the gift of prophecy.”
Ovid has more to say in the Metamorphoses
While Pausanius, Description of Greece, 8.20.1 says: “Oenomaus,
prince of Pisa, had a son Leucippus. Leucippus fell in love with Daphne, but
despaired of winning her to be his wife by an open courtship, as she avoided
all the male sex. The following trick occurred to him by which to get her.
Leucippus was growing his hair long for the river Alpheius.  Braiding his
hair as though he were a maiden, and putting on woman’s clothes, he came to
Daphne and said that he was a daughter of Oenomaus, and would like to share
her hunting. As he was thought to be a maiden, surpassed the other maidens in
nobility of birth and skill in hunting, and was besides most assiduous in his
attentions, he drew Daphne into a deep friendship.  The poets who sing of
Apollo’s love for Daphne make an addition to the tale; that Apollo became
jealous of Leucippus because of his success in his love. Forthwith Daphne and
the other maidens conceived a longing to swim in the Ladon, and stripped
Leucippus in spite of his reluctance. Then, seeing that he was no maid, they
killed him with their javelins and daggers.”
Question: Is there any evidence as to what the Aphrodite
hierodules might have worn or done to thier bodies. Did they
do something to their hair or face or maybe wore something
unique that made them stand out?
Answer: Greek women did little to their bodies except depiliate them. This
example was probably followed by the temple prostitutes in Corinth. That they
were priestesses suggests that they dressed very well. If they were concerned
about their revenue then they would dress in a way that stimulated business.
Shear and supple dresses were suggested in the comedy Lysistrata.
Question: were there std’s in ancient greece or rome?
Answer: Probably, but not AIDS or syphilis. Monogamy greatly reduces the
effects of sexually transmitted diseases. Societies with monogamy thrive
because the babies are born healthier because they are not as affected by std’s.
The ancient Greeks encouraged maidens to wait until marriage for sex and they
encouraged monogamy. The stories of prostitutes in the Greek society means
only that some men strayed and they did not mind talking about it. We do not
know the rate of straying. Many babies were born with birth defects, but
std’s are only a partial explanation. Societies without std’s have no need for
Question: what were the greeks so obsessed with sex and nudity?
Answer: Actually the proper question is why is our society so obsessed
with condemning sex and nudity. The ancient Greeks saw sex and nudity
in a more natural light.
Answer: Zeus visited Danae and she became pregnant even though she was
locked in a brazen tower. The son born to her was the great hero Perseus.
Question: was paedophilia an issue?
Answer: Not so much as today simply because anyone who had that tendency
took out their feelings on some poor slave. Slave children were cheap and
easy to control. There is no doubt that many slaves suffered from the
sexual perverions of their owners. This is one of the difficulties of
slavery that is not often discussed.
Question: how much sex did one guy have in a day?
Answer: It depends upon what you mean by sex. Most men spend an
enormous amount of time thinking about sex. They think about sex about
once evey ten minutes. The ancient Greeks were not any different in
this regard. The main difference is that they spent a lot more time having
male to male sex. But the incidence of homesexuality was about the same
then as now. Most of the male to male sex was bi-sexual.
Question: is it true that when the people had sex with a animal that the
baby was actually born looking like a monster?or was it just stories that
Answer: There is no scientifically verified case of human sex with and
animal producing a monster. But monsters are sometimes born of human mothers.
These monster babies sometimes look like animals and this may have caused the
stories to be told. Most monster births are stillborn but rarely one lives.
Most primitive peoples are associated with an animal totem. Sex with an
animal more often can be intrepeted as sex with a person of that totem. The
monster produced is symbolic relating to totemic prohibitions.
Question: love goddess of greek and roman are some the same from eygtain culture
Answer: No. Each culture had individual variations.
Question: Was there any erotic literature about Pasiphae in ancient
times? What about today?
Answer: The myths of Pasiphae have always been erotic. But her
eroticism is overshadowed by the heroism of Theseus. The face value of the
story of the minotaur is full of sexual imagery, but it is also a great
adventure. The sex is repressed underneath a great accomplishment. This seems
to be how our world would have it so the story is approved. Picasso
did a whole series on the Minotaur which includes much eroticism. Others
have done similarly.
Question: free sex woman
Answer: The problem with free sex is the baby that often results. In ancient
Greece the baby could be sold into slavery if the mother could find a way to
be taken care of during pregnancy. In ancient Greece owners were not inclined
to provide for pregnant slaves so they were probably put to death unless the
father stepped forward. Prostitutes lost too much income during pregnancy so
they were not inclined to pregnancy either. Women who became pregnant were
very dependent upon their family for support. But not every woman had a
family. The net result was that sex was not free, but expensive particularly
for the woman.
Question: I have been told Artemis was a ancient Greek lesbion love godess. Is that true?
Answer: True enough. Artemis had an affair with Britomartis. She was also
a favorite of Amazon’s for a similar reason. What is also true is that she
seemed to relate to sadistic and masochistic love as well.
Question: do women find anal intercourse pleasurable?
Answer: Anal intercourse was performed on ancient Greek hetaerae. It seems
to have been done more for the benefit of the man, but anal intercourse may be
pleasureable to some women. The advantage of anal intercourse to a woman
is that pregnancy is unlikely. The disadvantage is that infections are quite
easy to spread. To a hetaerae anal intercourse would have advantages way
beyond pleasure. To a wife it may be disadvantageous even if it was
Question: when a girl is married against her will, what did she do during sex? does she fight her husband or just lie still so he could get over it quickly? if the husband is big and strong, does he force his penis on the girl? do husbands force sex on their wives?
Answer: Few smart parents would require a girl to marry against her will
because she might not want to have sex with her husband and no children
would result. But some parents might cause a marriage for money for status.
The assumption is that though she might like the man. He is fond enough
of her to pay for her. The man, in this case, might be well advised to try to
make her happy. Once happy, she would probably be willing to engage in sex.
But suppose there is the odd case of a girl that remains unhappy. The law
often allows sex to be forced on a wife, but there are often limits as to
how much damage can be done in the forcing. Suppose a man were to sneak up
on his wife and bind and gag her. He could then force his penis on the girl.
Now he has to deal with the aftermath. Can he trust her now? While he is
gone she might trash everything and throw it outdoors. She might decide to
abuse his children. He takes a risk in performing such an act. There are
women who enjoy this behavior and will reward the man. But there are others
who will want vengence. If the girl wants vengence the husband must get rid
of her or risk being destroyed himself. The best alternative is to make
peace with the girl, and this often means doing what she wants.
There is no question that some husbands force sex on their wives, but then
they have to deal with the consequences. Some couples argue. But if they
cannot resolve their differences life is hell for both. The ancient Greeks
were so productive that most couples must have resolved their differences.
In fact, there is reason to believe that the Greek woman got all the sex she
wanted, and if the husband needed more, then he went to a hetaerae. If he
needed some kinky sex that the wife was unwilling to do he could pay a
hetaerae to do it.
Pornographic literature is full of stories about women who enjoy sexual
violence. But the reason why it is pornographic is that it does not correspond
to reality. People can be made to obey with violence and punishment, but they
can be made to obey so much better with kindness and rewards. People use
violence because it is easier and satisfies their emotions. Kindness and
rewards requires intelligence and patience. Pornographic literature appeals
to a simple basic response. Reality requires intelligence and insightful
Question: how did men please their wives besides sex?
Answer: They let them buy the things they wanted. They probably gave them
money to spend. Many cities had a market. But most women stayed at home.
Perhaps they visited the market on festival days or perhaps the vendors went
door to door. The men might buy jewelry, clothes, or fine food for their wives
but it seems that most women want to buy things for themselves. Some men
even talked to their wives. In some casees this is how the wives became
educated. Men’s parties (symposium) in ancient Greece are famous, but the
wives probably did not attend these. But a man might allow his wife to have
a party too.
Question: did unwilling brides enjoy sex as much as willing ones? if not, what do the husbands doabout it?
Answer: The trick for a man is not to marry an unwilling bride. But if the
comes with a lot of money then the man can leave her alone and hire a
hetaera. A patient and caring husband can also bring a bride around. The
enjoyment of sex can facilitate this process. An unwilling bride is not
going to have sex. In order to enjoy sex she is going to have to be more
willing. The general view was that for women sex was an irrepressable force.
Question: in the myth of persephone, why is she still sad? i assume that she had sex with hades and he gives her anything she wants.
Answer: She is sad whenever she leaves and happy to arrive.
Question: you said that marriages were arranged. does this mean divorce was also high or that people really tried to make their marriage work?
Answer: A woman who married and had babies was very well treated while
women who were not married had a tough life. A man could easily divorce his
wife but a woman could not easily divorce her husband. There was a lot more
pressure on the woman to make the marriage work. The actual divorce rate
was low as a result.
Question: in the myth of persephone, she is away for part of the year. how does hades survive without his beautiful and sexy wife?
Answer: Not very well. But the anticipation of her return seems enough.
Question: if a woman has no desire for her husband, does she fake orgasm to
please him or could she refuse him sex?
Answer: In ancient Greece if a wife did not want sex the husband was
expected to visit a hetaera.
Question: I understand that Greek (and I believe Roman aswell) culture
had such happenings as a man taking a young boy under his wing, teaching him
the ways of life and schooling him, but also preforming homosexual acts with
the boy. Some parents would encourage, and even expect this relationship to
develope. Would this be the only instance in which a youth and an adult,
engaging in intercourse, be smiled upon?
Answer: This situation that you describe is clearly one that benefits the
young boy and is carefully controlled by custom. It has been described
as an initiation ceremony for the young boy in society. It in not unusually
for a young boy to have an initiation involving homoerotic activity. It may
not be correct to style this behavior as homosexual but rather as bisexual.
There is no indication that the older man is homosexual and lacks and
interest in the opposite sex. Clearly it is the social intercourse and
not the sexual intercourse that is smiled upon.
Question: did the olympians run naked because they were homosexuals
Answer: Not at all. It was an ancient custom for them. It might have
been done for reasons of safety or security. It may also have been done for
Question: incest impregnation
Answer: The ancient Greeks did not approve of incest even though their
divinities were fully involved. The incest of the divinities was a convenient
explanation of reality and not an example for humans to follow.
Question: Is there any correlation between the sexually-open culture of the
Greeks to that of the ancient Indians (as exhibited by Tantra/Kama Sutra,
etc.)? Also, which do you think “influenced” the other, if at all? Were
there other civilizations (more ancient or later than the Greeks) that also
accepted homosexuality, and the “public display” of sexuality? Any
correlation (or EVIDENCE of) between Biblical “threat of punishment from
above” and actual “destruction” of a certain “homosexual” civilization(s)?
Were the Greeks the first to display such practices?? Thanks, in advance, for
Answer: There are two possible connections between the ancient Greeks and
the ancient Indians. The wave of immigrants just before the classical period,
the Dorians, were Indo-European, and had a common ancestor culture. But the
Greek attitudes about sex seem to result from an interaction between Dorian,
Mycenaean, and Minoan values. A stronger influence occurred later when
Alexander the Great conquered part of India. This event caused shock-waves of
culture that even reached into China. The various martial arts which are
closely identified with China actually began as the Greek pancratic wresting
which was spread by Alexander. I do not know about other civilizations, but
homosexual acts are a common part of male initiation in many societies.
Homosexuality seems to have a genetic basis which means it is a constant
factor in every civilization. Why this might be so may come from the fact
that there is an evolutionary advantage to homosexuality. Since homosexuals
hang around their family and never marry, it may be that they support the
culture of the family. There are cultures that have failed because they
ersecuted homosexuals, but not because they failed to.
It is important to note that though the ancient Greeks tolerated homosexual
acts, there is no evidence that the incidence of homosexuality was any
different in that society. Hetereosexuals did not seem to care who was the
object of their sex but they did not prefer homosexual sex. Much of the Greek
sex was bisexual rather than homosexual.
Sex, rather than causing the demise of the Greeks, was probably a great asset.
The Greeks accomplished a great deal and it may have been a result of their
sexual energy. And their influence has not ended. One of the conclusions of
the research by Sigmund Freud is that this energy has not disappeared, but it
has been transferred to our subconscious. Our conscious is the realm of the
ancient Jewish civilization. One strong motive for the study of the ancient
Greek civilization is the insight it gives to our subconscious. Oddly, it was
the Greeks who provided the logical tools of rationality, not the Jews. There
is evidence that the Greeks invented some homosexual practices. Anal sex, for
example, is often attributed to the Greeks and is sometimes called Greek sex.
Question: IS WIFE DRINK SPARM
Answer: Probably not. In ancient Greece wives needed to get pregnant and
would only perform oral sex if they really wanted to. A wife will not get
pregnant by drinking the sperm in seamen. If a Greek man wanted a woman to
perform oral sex he went to a hetaera. A hetaera was quite willing to perform
oral sex because she did not want to become pregnant and she would be paid.
Question: do you have any examples of rape of barbarian women personifying victory in ancient greek art
Answer: The rape of Europa was the rape of a barbarian woman, but whether
this symbolizes victory is not so clear. The departure of Medea with Jason
could be considered a rape too. This is more likely a symbol of victory.
Question: were there any lesbians in that time if so who?
Answer: Yes there were. The seclusion of women allowed lesbians to relate
without interference. However males did not tolerate this practice when they
knew about it. The result is that no lesbians are recorded. The Amazons
may have been lesbian. Sappho may have been lesbian.
Question: did greeks use contraception?when did the use begin?
Answer: The Ancient Greeks seemed to think bathing was a method of
contraception. Sheep-skin condoms have been available since Roman times.
Rubber condoms were developed in the 20th century as a result of the efforts
of Charles Goodyear.
Question: what female name represented lust in classical mythology?
Question: why did medea kill jason’s wife?
Answer: Medea was the wife of Jason and mother of his children. But Jason
wanted to raise his station by dumping Medea and marrying a local princess.
Medea killed the princess.
Question: If they perform naked in the olympics, why don’t they just hang around the streets naked too? Didnt they feel more freedom without clothes?
Answer: The athletes performed with their perfect bodies in the heat of the
summer. Clothes protect from the elements and hide bodily imperfections.
Clothes also define status. We know now that clothes also have some public
health benefits. In the streets most naked bodies were beggars and
children without status, though some were, no doubt, proud enough of their
bodies to display them on a sunny day in the summer. Some men attended their
marriage ceremony naked.
Question: was there oral sex in ancient greece?
Answer: Yes, but isn’t it important to know what kind and who benefited?
Don’t you also want to know if anyone got hurt by this practice?
Answer: The most common sexual positions are man-on-top, woman-on-top,
side-by-side, and rear-entry. In ancient Greece the rear entry position was
much more common than it is today. This is beacuse no bed is required.
Question: what is the greek position
Answer: Anal sex is sometimes referred to as Greek sex. But do not
thinks that this was because they were homosexuals. The ancient Greeks would
easily have sex with either sex. They were really more bisexual. What is
important is that there were few restrictions in the Greek society as to what
was acceptable. There were preferences though. But in general they preferred
sex with a convenient person, and did not care much the sex of that person.
Question: Why are all these questions obviously submitted by prepubescent boys still wearing their momma-washed tightie whities and uneducated lechers unable to pry their hands away from their nether regions long enough to write a coherent sentence?
Answer: I try to provide good information to those that need it without
regard to educational level, sex, aged, or other instrument of prejudice.
Question: nursing and lactation
Answer: When a woman in ancient Greece gave birth, her body was prepared
for lactation, but it was not standard practice for the woman to breast feed
the baby. Often the baby was given to a wet nurse. One of the problems that
the ancient Greeks had was that babies were weaned too early and started on
barley meal. I have no information relating sex and lactation.
Question: y does everybody like sex?
Answer: This is false. Not everybody likes sex. People who use sex to
hurt people do not really like it.
Question: Do you have pictures of greeks having sex?
Answer: Yes. There are many pictures of Greeks having sex. The ancient
Greeks did not think pictures of sex were immoral. If fact, in the context
of the worship of Aphrodite, pictures of sex might be quite moral. This
contrasts with our society where pictures of sex are usually considered immoral.
Question: Did Women have sex with men while riding horseback?
Answer: No, the horses were small and could not support the weight of
two adults. A more interesting question involves the same sentence without
the words ‘with men’.
Question: did the greeks masturbate?
Answer: Masturbation involves the excitation of the sexual organ to orgasm,
but not by sexual intercourse. Many kinds of autoerotic and sex-play involves
this type of activity. It is so common that it would be very surprising if
the Greeks were not involved. Vase paintings depict this type of activity.
There is a myth suggested that states that Pan taught masturbation to shepherds
as a method of self relief. There is also a story that Diogenes the cynic
displayed public masturbation. He wished to make the point that sex was
beneficial. He compained that you should be able to satisfy your stomach
merely by rubbing your belly.
Question: how were Spatian Sexual pratices different from Atheian? How are
they Revlant to the Present Civilizations?
Answer: Spartan practices seem to have been from older times. The Greeks
wrote much on what they felt was productive sex. But sex was never considered
a sin. This gives a different view on sex in a culture that considers all sex
Question: I wanted to let you know about another educational site with an entire section on the History of Sex. It’s called “Sex Education Links” http://bigeye.com/sexeducation/history.html. I should be finishing up the Ancient Greece section by tomorrow and it will be up on the internet. Your website
Answer: Your site is a little hard on hetaera. But you are off on the
anal sex. Normal sex was doggy style with the woman on all fours. This is
how sex was done on the ground. Of course there was anal sex which the hetaera
may have preferred because she did not get pregnant. I would think the
hetaera would have preferred the fellatio for the same reason.
Question: did people use to practice incest? like sex with mother,daughter
or son. do you think it is wrong? isn’t it an expression of immense love for
your beloved ones if both are willing?
Answer: The ancient Greeks did not willingly practice incest. They knew it
as wrong because it produces babies that are deformed. Even sex between
cousins produces slight increases in the defects of babies. We also think
there is a bad psychological effect. But incest is hard to prevent. Parents
have easy access to children who are weak and easy to control. So incest
happens. But it results in babies that need extra care and mothers who are
alienated from their families. These people usually need lots of welfare.
A better expression of love between family members is that they are able
to care for one another without sex.
Incest has been done in the past often for political reasons. In cases
where political succession involves sex, incest is sometimes a political
necessity for a family to maintain control or keep from dying out. But
the results of these incestrual relations are very well documented. That is
why we know incest is evil.
Question: How do males masturbate in ancient greece?
- Diogenes just rubbed his penis, and wished he could do the same with
his stomach when he was hungry. This was one of his lectures as a
Question: Are ancient male greeks circumcised?
Question: Was homosexual sex accepted in general or primarily by the
Athenian upper classes?
Answer: Homosexual sex was not a separate kind of sex for the ancient
Greeks. Some of the acts we would consider homosexual were regulated by
ethics. The Athenian upper class was more likely to observe the ethics than
the lower classes.
Question: did ancient greek women expose their private parts to ward off storms
Answer: Probably not. But there was a belief that winds produced pregnancy
and some exposed their private parts to storms to get pregnant.
Question: Was penis size as much of an isue back then as it is today? Were
men with biger ones concidered more manly?
Answer: It seems as though manliness was determined by athletics. But when
nude art of the athletes was produced the penis was de-emphasized.
Statement: I learned in one of my college courses that in Ancient Greece men could
not form “agape” (a pure form of love/ true love) with women and so Greek
men would rather form “agape” (love relationships) with men. Relationships
with women were only necessary for siring children, but only men can have
“agape” love with other men because women could not achieve “agape”.
Response:This statement is a difficult one for our culture because it involves many of our values. But I can make some comments. I think your learning may relate to Socates who had no agape love for his wife. Plato develops concepts similar to your statement in his writings. There are many examples of men in ancient Greece who had agape love for women including especially Pericles. Odysseus sets a high standard with his love for Penelope. It is hard for contemporary culture to undestand ancient Greek love because the Greeks did not distinguish between homosexual and heterosexual love and until recently our culture condemned homosexual love altogether. We now realize, hopefully, that many illegal sex acts of the past are victimless crimes. But that does not imply that all sex acts are victimless. The ancient Greeks seemed to feel that some acts of rape and sexual imposition were acceptable. In the case of the Spartans the man had to steal his bride away and this might count as rape. The action of Zeus with Ganymede seems like sexual impositon. So we have to pick our way through these things carefully
The most important factor is that true love implies a morality of the type Aristotle referenced. He said the higher up the body an act was the better. Since thoughts are in the head they are better. This is like the mind body dualism of Plato. Sex acts are physical therefore impure while thoughts are pure. But reality is different. With most married couples sex begins the relationship and true love develops along the way. There were factors in ancient Greece which hindered this process. One factor was the arranged marriage. The other factor was the lack of emphasis on the education of women. If women are chattel to be bartered and sold there will be times when the compatibility of the couple will not be considered and the man will have to look to other men for agape. If the education level of the two is not considered then the couple will not have much to talk about and so the man will look to other men for agape. Lastly I will mention that Aphrodite has two aspects, Aphrodite Pandemos, and Aphrodite Urania quite properly to accomodate the factors that I mentioned. Men in ancient Greece could ignore her only at their peril.
As to whether ancient Greek women could achieve “agape” there is the example of Penelope in the Odyssey. Sappho seems qualified in this way as do the many women poets and philosopers. The best example may be Diotima in the Symposium of Plato.
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