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Promiscuous Romans

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Roman graffiti
Roman graffiti

The ancient Romans might have been less promiscuous than the Greeks, what does not mean that in the public sphere they did not allow themselves to make sexual comments. For example, in Pompeii, graffiti made on the walls of buildings can still be read today. One of them: “Weep, you girls. My penis has given you up. Now it penetrates men’s behinds. Goodbye, wondrous femininity!”

It was similar in the grave realm. Roman tombstones were usually filled with a detailed description of the deceased’s life. Interestingly, even sexual matters were not abandonded. For example, the husband who buried his wife made a note on her tombstone when they both had their first sexual intercourse.

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