From CNN of Aug. 2000
museum exposes public to ancient erotica
(CNN) -- It was hidden in storerooms for years, deemed far too risqué
for public display.
collection of ancient erotic art is out in the open at Naples' National
Museum of Archaeology -- proof that times have changed and that people
aren't as easily shocked.
some of the pieces are 2,000 years old, they are remarkably graphic. And
that's not deterring museum goers.
secret room in the Naples Archaeological Museum, containing sexual
artifacts from excavations at Pompeii and Herculaneum, has been closed
to all but the very rich and influential for 200 years. But despite
vociferous protest, it is now open to the public. You do have to go
through a few hoops to get in. After you buy your general admission
ticket, you might have to ask about the secret room (camera segretta).
You'll be directed to another kiosk where you'll be assigned a
visitation time and given a voucher good for that time period. All tours
are free and guided by someone who speaks your language but who isn't
necessarily knowledgeable about the artifacts. You can hire an
archaeologist to tell you more about them if you wish.
interesting thing is, you are free to take pictures--as long as you
don't use flash. You'll only have 45 minutes to tour the room, but it's
smaller than you'd think considering the hoopla surrounding the exhibit."
in Ancient Egypt
before the Greek and Roman artists depicted and described the most
intimate aspects of human behavior the ancient Egyptians had been practicing
their sensual expression for centuries. Erotica flowed through all
levels of society like the waters of the Nile and although the evidence
is scarcer it is no less potent.
Egyptians believed that life, sexuality and rebirth were elements that
went hand in hand."
do not want to be the leader. I refused to be the leader. I want to live
darkly and richly in my femaleness. I wan a man lying over me,
always over me. His will, his pleasure, his
desire, his life, his work, his sexuality the
touchstone, the command, my pivot. I don’t mind working, holding my
ground intellectually, artistically; but as a woman, oh, God, as a woman
I want to be dominated. I don’t mind being told to stand on my own
feet, not to cling – all that I am capable of doing – but I am going
to be pursued, fucked, possessed by the will of a male at his time, his
Incest: From “A Journal of Love”
The Unexpurgated Diary, 1932- 1934
Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1992
phallic invocation appears in The Acharian, a comedy by the Greek
comic poet Aristophanes (c. 450-c 385 B.C):
companion of the orgies of Bacchus, night reveller, god of adultery and
of pederasty, these past six years I have not been able to invoke thee.
With what joy I return to my farmstead, thanks to the truce I have
concluded, freed from cares, from fighting and from Lamachuses! How much
sweeter, Oh Phales, Phales, is it to surprise Thratta, the pretty
woodmaid, Strymodorus' slave, steadling wood from Mount Phelleus, to
catch her under the arms, to throw her on the ground and lay her, Oh
Through the Ages
Stone Salon has one of the best pages regarding ancient erotica
"To me there are three classifications of the body in art and
history. First the nude, which has been used in statues, wall decoration
and painting throughout history to represent beauty, strength, the
nobility of the human essence and often in representations of religious
purity. Erotic images can be clothed or unclothed and display a romantic
and sensuous image aligned to love and desire. The erotic tends to show
intent on the part of the subject to entice or display in an attracting
manner. The last is the pornographic, which is simply meant to arouse
basic stimulation or is at least a crude representation of sexual acts.
The nude is shown on the page on History's Nude under the Art section on
this web site but here we have images of the more erotic moments of