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Sex and Sexuality in Ancient Rome

L J Trafford

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Pen and Sword
01 December 2021
From Emperors and empresses, poets and prostitutes, slaves and plebs, Ancient Rome was a wealth of different experiences and expectations. None more so than around the subject of sex and sexuality. The image of Ancient Rome that has come down to us is one of sexual excess: emperors gripped by perversion partaking in pleasure with whomever and whatever they fancied during week long orgies. But how true are these tales of depravity? Was it really a sexual free for all? What were the laws surrounding sexual engagement? How did these vary according to gender and class? And what happened to those who transgressed the rules? We invite you to climb into bed with the Romans to discover some very odd contraceptive devices, gather top tips on how to attract a partner and learn why you should avoid poets as lovers at all costs. Along the way we'll stumble across potions and spells, emperors and their favourites and some truly eye-popping interior decor choices. AUTHOR: L.J. Trafford studied Ancient History at the University of Reading after which she took a job as a Tour Guide in the Lake District. Moving to London in 2000 she began writing 'The Four Emperors' series. The series comprises four books - Palatine, Galba's Men, Otho's Regret and Vitellius' Feast - which cover the dramatic fall of Nero and the chaotic year of the four emperors that followed. She is a regular contributor to The History Girls blog and once received an Editor's Choice mark from The Historical Novel Society. Her proudest moment remains creating #phallusthursday a popular Twitter hashtag dedicated to depictions of penises in antiquity. 40 b/w illustrations
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Imprint:   Pen and Sword
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 156mm, 
ISBN:   9781526786876
ISBN 10:   1526786877
Pages:   192
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Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

L.J. Trafford studied Ancient History at the University of Reading after which she took a job as a Tour Guide in the Lake District. Moving to London in 2000 she began writing 'The Four Emperors' series. The series comprises four books - Palatine, Galba's Men, Otho's Regret and Vitellius' Feast - which cover the dramatic fall of Nero and the chaotic year of the four emperors that followed. _Palatine_, published in 2015, received an Editor's Choice Mark from the Historical Novel Society. Her first book for Pen and Sword, _How to Survive in Ancient Rome_ was published in October 2020.

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