James Robson does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. A new exhibition at the British Museum promises to lift the lid on what beauty meant for the ancient Greeks. But while we gaze at the serene marble statues on display — straining male torsos and soft female flesh — are we seeing what the ancients saw? The feelings that beautiful faces and bodies rouse in us no doubt seem both personal and instinctive — just as they presumably did for the ancient Greeks who first made and enjoyed these artworks. But our reactions are inevitably shaped by the society we live in. Greek attitudes towards sex were different from our own, but are all those myths about the sex lives of the ancient Greeks true?
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Known for their adventurous and seemingly unconventional attitudes to love, sex and gender, the Ancient Greeks have long appealed to our most basic instincts, satisfying our curiosity with lurid tales. Though widely remembered for their practice of homosexuality, their legacy today is definitely much more than that of a sex-mad civilisation, with depraved practices to make any reader with 21st century sensibilities cringe. Paul Chrystal , author of new book In Bed With the Ancient Greeks out now from Amberley , shines a light on sex and sexuality in the ancient world. What do you think this says about the Greeks — and about our own society for relying on just one word?
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I do not approve of it. This does not mean that there are absolutely no I very much doubt anal sex between heterosexuals is the predominating sex choice from all the sex acts choices in existence that could be chosen by greek people.
Written by: Miko. While we were gabbing and getting things ready, she made a joke about her soon to be husband being Greek. I laughed and nodded but inside my head I was trying to figure out what she was talking about. I was a somewhat worldly teenager.