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Ancient Greece Series- Religion

Posted by Janice Lane on Sunday, May 27, 2012,
          Religion is a powerful and driving force behind the lives of many humans. Time in history makes no difference toward the devotion of humans to the unseen celestial forces. Many deities have been worshipped for the many aspects of sexuality, and ancient Greece is no different. There are many gods and goddesses in Greek religion that represent different aspects of sexuality. The goddess Aphrodite represents love, lust and beauty, the goddess Demeter represents fertility while the godd...
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Ancient Greece Series- Superstition

Posted by Janice Lane on Sunday, May 27, 2012,
            The concept of superstition doesn’t seem to have changed too much, just the nature of specific superstitious beliefs. We all have certain beliefs or have heard of some being performed in order to have a particular sex for a child or to ward off evil energy surrounding a union. The ancient Greeks also had their own superstitions, too many to mention them all. The following are a selection of some of the more common superstitions.
          Menstruating women were feared, it was ...

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Ancient Greece Series- Nudity in Sports

Posted by Janice Lane on Sunday, May 27, 2012,
             It would be quite odd to attend a basketball game and watch nude players dunk the ball into the basket, or to watch gymnastics on TV with teens and preteens performing their routine completely naked. Indeed, it would be quite difficult to envision that in the society we live in today. It was different for some time in ancient Greece. Around the early 7th century in Sparta and Thebes, the same time that we see evidence of pederasty, we also find evidence of athletic nudity. It was...
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Ancient Greece Series- Marriage

Posted by Janice Lane on Sunday, May 27, 2012,
            The concept of heterosexual marriage in modern times has many similarities and differences with ancient Greek relationships. Status and wealth were both important factors when considering a marriage. If status and wealth were not roughly equal for both partners, it was not considered a good match for both sides. Arranged marriages were a way to ensure that people do marry within their class, as marriage was commonly thought of as an alliance between families. When it was advantage...
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Ancient Greece Series- Homosexuality

Posted by Janice Lane on Sunday, May 27, 2012,
            On the island of Crete we see the first examples of evidence of homosexuality. This evidence was in the form of a bronze plaque from approximately 650 BCE. Initially historians thought homosexuality to be a safe form of birth control, but soon after that, more evidence in the form of literature and art was found to the contrary. The most common form of homosexuality was in the form of pederasty, which is the love between an adult male and a boy. It must be noted that when this pap...
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Ancient Greece Series- Prostitution

Posted by Janice Lane on Sunday, May 27, 2012,
           I have done quite a bit of research on the sexuality of ancient Greeks, combining my love of sex and history is always a good thing. I will be splitting the topics up into different posts to make it easier to read and to pick and choose what is interesting to you. I start off with one of the earliest professions: prostitution.

          Prostitution was common in ancient Greece, especially in harbor cities like Athens. The busiest places in such cities were the places that prostitut...
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