This culture thrived from around to BC, and predated two other major This is the Ancient Origins team, and here is our mission: The rituals would take place on certain days. The boys genitals were never shown in arousal as they were being touched… neither is penetrative sex depicted. Follow Alfie on Twitter or Facebook and email him here.
And our interpretations of these images - often censorious in modern times - reveal much about our own attitudes to sex.
Erotic art of ancient Rome (photo gallery)
Epicurus yes, that Epicurus, the one who regarded pleasure as life's central purpose said that "sexual intercourse has never done anyone any good, and we should be content if it does us no actual harm" Epicurus, frg. Marble Herm, from Siphnos, Greece. Early collectors of classical art were shocked to discover that the Greeks and Romans they so admired were earthy humans too with a range of sexual needs and desires. The revolutionary invention of the wheel. The cabinet was not opened to the general public until despite protests by the Catholic Church.