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Book 51

The Joy of Sexus: Lust, Love, and Longing in the Ancient WorldThe Joy of Sexus: Lust, Love, and Longing in the Ancient World by Vicki León

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was a fun little book on the sex lives of the Ancient Greeks and Romans (occasionally there is some info on the Egyptians but mostly it's just Greco-Roman). Like many books in this style it tries to be quippy and fun and above all brief. You're not going to get any long, in-depth look at any one thing here but rather a shallow view of things.

It isn't particularly well footnoted and the bibliography is a bit sketchy in places if that matters to you. What I really wished she hadn't done was include mythological people like Orpheus.

However what was nice was that it does shed a light on the cultures of that time especially what little freedoms a housewife would have had vs a high level heterae (sort of a top tier courtesan) and it didn't shy away from the homosexuality/bisexuality of some important people like Phillip of Macedon and his son Alexander the Great. So for a writer this would be a nice entry level research place for things often ignored in the history books.

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Tags: history, non-fiction

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