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The first Women's Liberation movement also took place in this period, and Clarke explains how and when it came about.
He shows how and why the Roman man was a bisexual creature, alternating his affections between women and men, and how society treated the entrenched homosexual.
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 many ways the forerunner of our own. Clarke is Annie Laurie Howard Regents Professor of the History of Art at the University of Texas at Austin, and a past president of the College Art Association.
He is one of the world's foremost authorities on life in ancient Rome and author of The Houses of Roman Italy: Ritual, Space, and Decoration 100 B.
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. 250, as well as Looking at Lovemaking: Constructions of Sexuality in Roman Art 100 B. 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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