The 7 Weirdest Sex Stories of the Ancient World

“Ancient Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians had erotic preferences and sexual taboos we’ve seldom heard about,” says California author and historical detective Vicki León in her new book The Joy of Sexus: Lust, Love, & Longing in the Ancient World. Her book’s topics range from orgasm to the long-ago fear of hermaphrodites, from circumcision to the wide acceptance of a variety of gay relationships. With Tip Sheet, she shared some carnal curiosities and extraordinary stories of sex and love, encountered while researching The Joy of Sexus.

1. Most sexually twisted ruler: Emperor Nero? Or Caligula? Mere runners-up. Emperor Tiberius (reigned A.D. 4 – 37) holds that dubious honor. According to his biographer Suetonius, in later life, Tiberius built himself a porn central on Capri. There, youngsters performed elaborate daisy-chains of sexual acts, the emperor by turns voyeur and participant. Even grosser activities took place in his bathing pools, where toddlers were trained to nibble and fellate him underwater. The old perv called them “his little fishes.”

2. Wandering wombs and other private parts: Relaxed about nudity, Greeks and Romans adored the human form. where Greeks especially admired beautiful buttocks, male and female; gorgeous rear ends even had their own goddess cult. Nevertheless, no one tinkered with human bodies after death. Result of this taboo? Human anatomy, largely unexplored, was guesswork.

One of the most bizarre beliefs held that women’s wombs vagabonded about the body, causing hysteria. Thus, doctors applied bad smells and loud noises to scare wombs back into position. Medicos (and intimidated husbands) also had dire opinions about the female clitoris. Diminutive was dandy; anything larger called for (gulp) surgery.

3. The curious role of kissing: Male-female public kissing was frowned upon among Greek and Roman aristocrats, although husbands did routinely kiss their wives upon returning home after a hard night of male partying. Their goal? (Female) wine detection, not affection. But kissing’s innocent pleasures really lost popularity after the bathroom habits of Roman citizens from Spain became common knowledge: a great many brushed their teeth with human urine.

4. The popularity index of anal sex: Few towns win infamy by giving their names to a class-A felony. In Biblical times, a burg we know as Sodom near the Dead Sea did just that. As told in Genesis 19: 5-8, God was fed up, about to destroy it and neighbor cities when Abraham pointed out some decent folks worth saving–his own nephew Lot and family. God sent two male angels down to investigate, who immediately attracted a large mob of sodomy-loving locals. To “protect” his angelic guests, Lot threw his two young daughters to the mob, adding, “They’re virgins, too!” At that point, God had had it with Sodom–and you know the rest.

In later Greco-Roman times, sodomy lost its standing as an abomination. Called pedico, it was practiced by men and women, the latter largely for contraception. When it came to adultery, however, the law took the practice of pedico in another direction: the guilty party could be sodomized by the injured party. Or, if he chose a stand-in, with a large radish!

5. Erotic salads, pro and con: To maintain their manly wellbeing, males around the ancient Med had to watch what they ate. The Greeks believed that anti-aphrodisiac lettuce instantly withered an erection. In Egypt, men were equally certain that lascivious lettuce gave their organs vim and vigor, serving romaine at their orgiastic festivals for the fertility god Min. Romans and Greeks also put their aphrodisiac faith in other vegetables, from tubers to a remedy called “the deadly carrot.” When salad supplies ran low, olive oil (with or without herbal additives) was the everyday erotic helper–applied topically by female partners.

6. Gladiators’ sex lives: Since 3 out of 4 were slaves, you’d think gladiators had few opportunities. But they were hit on by female groupies from all walks of life, as the hard-breathing graffiti still visible in Pompeii show.

Not all gladiators were enslaved. Meet history’s most deranged fighter: a wingnut named Commodus, who preferred gladiating to being emperor. Although athletic, he cheated extensively–slaughtering countless bears, lions, and humans from a terrace above the sands of the arena. In his spare time, Commodus dutifully pursued sexual degradation, trying to outdo feats by earlier rulers.

His parents, Faustina and Emperor Marcus Aurelius, also faced a gladiator dilemma. She became aroused over one combatant; after confessing her passion to her husband, he consulted with soothsayers. Their solution? Faustina was ordered to have sex with the gladiator in question, who would then be murdered while on top of her. Afterwards, she was obliged to bathe in his blood, do a quick cleanup, and then make love to her husband Marcus.

7. Most long-ago men and women believed in a joyous polysexuality, one where lust, love, and longing were fluid, and not always confined to one gender. Such as the bittersweet story of a love triangle made in heaven. Like other royal matches, Sabina and Hadrian had an arranged marriage. The empress traveled with Emperor Hadrian on his years-long circuits of the sprawling Roman Empire. Although he dallied with women and men alike outside the marriage bed, they treated each other with courtesy.

Near his 50th year, Hadrian met his true love: Antinoos, a sultry, teenaged nobody from Bithynia. They became inseparable; and Sabina, their unwilling witness. On yet another grand tour, they reached Egypt in A.D. 130. One October evening, the 18-year-old disappeared. After a frantic search on land and in the waters of the Nile, Hadrian went berserk with grief. Neither the body nor the motive was ever discovered.

Within weeks, he deified the boy, turning his lost love into a god. Hadrian founded in a city in his name, had thousands of statues made of Antinoos, and ordered his worship throughout the empire.

As if to make amends, a few years later Hadrian also deified Sabina when she died, making his longsuffering empress into a goddess. But his apotheosis of a commoner, a sexual playmate, was a first. Today, the museums of our world are still crowded with statues and busts of that beautiful lost boy, often misidentified as Ganymede or Dionysus.

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Crazy Sex Practices Throughout History

Birds do it, bees do it…  Human beings have been doing it since the beginning of time.  We’re talking about sex, bay-bee.  Here are some of the craziest sex practices throughout history.

Impotency as a means of divorce. It was hard to break up a marriage in the old days. In fact, King Henry started that whole English Reformation thing to try to worm his way out of a marriage. In France during the Middle Ages, there was one thing the courts would consider in cases of divorce: Impotence. Men had to “stand at attention” in front a tribunal of clergy, doctors and the court. They would then be forced to ejaculate to the court’s satisfaction.

Dill dough… Dildo. While dildos have been used since the beginning of time, they did not receive the name “dildo” until the Renaissance. During this period, dildos were thin loafs of bread seasoned with dill… Hence the name, “dill dough.”

A devoted eunuch. Eunuchs focus their energy and devotion in the service of the person who has them neutered. One of the most famous sea captains in the world, Zheng He, was a eunuch. Being a eunuch allowed him to become a great captain, he believed. Many other men believed that becoming eunuchs would enrich their lives as well.

Manhunt… Literally. Island girls from the islands that dot the Pacific Rim have a unique custom of hunting men for sex. Yup. You read that correctly.

Don’t get emotional. Courtly love, as it was called, was the practice of men who were forbidden to openly show their affection for their one true love. Instead, they went to war and oftentimes died for this supposed love.

Hōnen Matsuri. In Japan, every year on March 15th, men struggle and fight for the honor of carrying a 15-foot penis throughout the town of Komaki for their annual Hōnen Matsuri festival. The Hōnen Matsuri festival celebrates the power of the phallus and hopes that it will grant fertility for the crops and fields.

Nazi sex dolls. During World War II, soldiers engaged in a lot of sex with prostitutes and acquired sexually transmitted diseases like syphilis. It was a huge problem. In order to combat infections, Hitler had blow-up sex dolls made. They sported blonde bobs and aided in the STD problem the Germans were facing.

Cleopatra was a freak! Cleopatra had a dildo fashioned after Caesar’s penis and had it casted in gold. Well, if anything, she was a fancy freak.

Celibacy or power? Celibacy was a big deal once upon a time… King Philippe of France disemboweled several of his knights to keep his bloodline pure once he got wind that his daughters were frolicking about the knight’s chambers at night…

Sexual energy. Nikola Tesla was a firm believer that sexual energy was just like electricity and should be conserved and used in the service of humanity, for the greater good. Still, no sex-powered cars roaming the streets. One day!

The Wayuu people of Colombia. In Colombia, when a young Guajiro woman (the region of Colombia in which the Wayuu people inhabit) trips a boy during a ceremonial dance, she must have sex with him. This puts a new twist on the idea of a Sadie Hawkins dance.

Masturbate like an Egyptian. Semen and ejaculating was seen as a symbol for creation to Egyptians. During a festival where they honored the god Min, the men would openly masturbate in public. Egyptians also believed that the flow of the Nile River was the result of the god Atum ejaculating into the banks.

Government funded banging. The government of Holland has been known to provide their employees with a monthly stipend to visit prostitutes in Amsterdam’s Red Light District. Socialized prostitution? You betcha.

Sexual prohibition. During Medieval times, the church wanted to control sex in the name of God. If you read some of these old prohibitions, however, you will notice that they read in an almost pornographic manner… Probably because everyone (even theologians) were all horned up from not having any god damn sex.

Kamasutra is a Kama-copy cat. The famous book is believed to have been taken by Lakshmana temple carvings in the Kajuraho temple, located in central India. These carvings show men, women and animals engaging in an array of sexual gymnastics that would send anyone to the hospital in today’s day-and-age.

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How to choose the right material for Dildo

Depending on your preferences, your habits, your experience, the use you want to make, your budget too, you will not turn to any object.

Since sex toys are going, whether it is a toy intended for penetration or not, come into contact with your mucous membranes or just your sensitive parts, it would be interesting to know what is toxic or not for you, because we will not hide it, the sex toy industry remains very little controlled, and even globally and it would be stupid to end up with a mycosis from the first use.

For the wrong example, we are talking about sex toys in Jelly (or gelatin), latex or PVC: they are certainly very affordable materials in terms of cost, but which remain very porous (porous globally that means that there is holes in it that can contain bacteria, microbes, so we do not share under any circumstances, even after washing) and do not last in time. These are materials according to me obsolete even if they remain still very used, for cheap sextoys precisely. They cannot be sterilized or completely disinfected.

And if that were all that!

This kind of objects contain mostly phthalates (not only), and I am not a chemist but it is a substance with very toxic properties that can alter fertility, it is carcinogenic, it can infect. In short, we do not really like it and we want to prevent it from coming into contact with our genitals.

Experts discourage objects made of these materials, especially for penetration, whether anal or vaginal, because infections do not care what hole it is.

We must also know that there are loveshops who refuse to sell this type of objects, in principle, for the health of their customers and their customers (space pleasure, passage of desire). So, if it’s possible of course, I advise to bet on something else from the start. It will be a long-term investment certainly more expensive, but it will also be “body safe” , that is to say that unless you make a bad use, for example with poor hygiene, we do not risk ‘catch the hot piss with , a priori.In any case, read the instructions before using a new toy.

ABS plastic

It is a rigid material, hypoallergenic, it does not contain phthalates, and globally cheaper than other materials that are more skin effect, such as silicone for example. Unlike the jelly, which breaks down, literally, it lasts in time.

To clean it: soap and water are enough, or a special cleaner sex toys, found in specialty shops. To disinfect it, a bit like a cup at the end of the cycle, it should not be boiled, because spoiler, plastic: it melts. No dish washer either, suddenly. On the other hand, passing a shot of isopropyl alcohol, a solvent known in particular for dissolving oils, should not spoil it. Any type of lubricant can be used with, but we ban oil-based lubricants if we ever use a condom: it would tear it.

Materials Used to Made Sex Toys

Silicon is widely used in the sextoy market as best dildo material; it is healthy for the body, provided of course that it is a product that is composed of 100%. To be sure that this is really the case, it is better to turn to brands recognized for their authenticity at this level. Silicone is a non-porous material,hypoallergenic; it is soft and supple, very pleasant to the touch unlike again, the jelly, which remains a little greasy on the hands. The silicone lasts in time, unless it is cut, for example if it comes in contact with a knife, but if it does, I do not want to know how it happened.

To clean it: soap and water, special sextoy cleaner. It can be sterilized by boiling it, using isopropyl alcohol or a 10% bleach solution. As for the type of lubricant that can be used with, we will turn more to a lubricant based on water or oil , a silicone base could make it porous, and it would be very stupid given the quality and price of sex toys in silicone! If the toy is shared or passed from the anal hole to the vagina, placing a condom on it could prevent many disasters.


Borosilicate glass (or Pyrex, like this brand of dishes and cooking utensils) is often referred to in the composition of sex toys. It is beautiful, all smooth, rigid, non-porous, and hypoallergenic. It retains temperatures quite well, which can be interesting for hot-cold effects! In addition to having a non-negligible aesthetic appearance, glass sex toys are not necessarily very expensive. Of course, if it falls to the ground, it’s broken, that’s the disadvantage. Besides the slightest shine, even if it is still in one piece, I strongly advise against use, the glass is good for pounding selective sorting. Sometimes the glass sex toys are decorated with paint and it is very pretty but it is difficult to know if it is safe or not, so if the painting is external, please be careful and at the slightest sensation burning by pity stops.

To clean it: with water and soap, special sextoy cleaner, isopropyl alcohol, 10% bleach solution, but it is not boiled . The glass being altered at more than 800 ° C, it is possible to put your glass sextoy in the dishwasher. And finally, we can use glass toys with any type of lubricant.


Stainless steel and aluminum are non-porous, smooth and rigid, like glass, but give a much more luxurious look to the object and when you say luxurious, the price follows. They also retain very good cold and heat, so gently with warm-cold games.

To clean it: with soap and water, special sextoy cleaner, isopropyl alcohol, dishwasher, no solution containing bleach however, they can be boiled, it is compatible with all types of lubricants : that’s great. However, it is a very heavy material and it can disturb some and some. Just like wooden toys, metal toys can easily last a lifetime.


It is aesthetically original, they are varnished so no worries for potential splinters unless it falls and splits, and it’s sweet! Sometimes they are handmade and even unique, so it is difficult to certify that they are 100% non-porous and non-toxic , you really need to learn about the manufacturer Nob essence, Idea of ??desire, if references t interest!). Wood is a very qualitative and expensive material that can be compatible with all lubricants and cleaned with soap and water.

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