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Roman Sex: 100 BC-AD 250


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ISBN 10: 0810942631 / ISBN 13: 9780810942639
Published by Harry N. Abrams, New York, 2003
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Folio. Profusely illustrated in color. Original printed boards; dust jacket. New photography by Michael Larvey. 114 illustrations, including 95 plates in full color. Some rubbing on cover, otherwise fine. Bookseller Inventory # 400612

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Title: Roman Sex: 100 BC-AD 250

Publisher: Harry N. Abrams, New York

Publication Date: 2003

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: First edition.

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Roman Sex provides a fresh and provocative account of ancient Roman sexual practices. It explains, for the first time, a wealth of newly discovered sexual art, as well as the many paintings, sculptures, and vases hidden away until recently in the world's "secret museums." Many of the works shown here have been photographed in color especially for this lavishly illustrated book and a number have never before been published.
Roman sex was sex before Christianity and Puritan guilt. Romans, both rich and poor, proudly displayed images in their homes that we would hide away. Clarke takes the reader into a society markedly different from ours in its attitudes toward sex. With all its quirks, it was a sexually tolerant society that encouraged the creation and open display of erotic art. Roman Sex will appeal to any reader who wants to understand this culture, which was in other ways so much the forerunner of our own.

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John R. Clarke is Annie Laurie Howard Regents Professor of the History of Art at the University of Texas at Austin.

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