Morals and Sexual Morality

“In the Life in Ancient Egypt”


Modesty, as distinct from fidelity, was not prominent among the Egyptians; they spoke of sexual affairs with a directness alien to our late sexual morality.

Harem in Ancient Egypt

Life in Ancient Egypt, Morals and Sexual Morality

Ancient Egyptians adorned their very temples with pictures and bas-reliefs of startling anatomical candor, and supplied their dead with obscene literature to amuse them in the grave.

Blood ran warm along the Nile: girls were nubile at ten, and premarital morals were free and easy; one courtesan, in Ptolemaic days, was reputed to have built a pyramid with her savings; even sodomy had its clientele.

Dancing-girls, in the manner of Japan, were accepted into the best male society as providers of entertainment and physical edification.

They dressed in diaphanous robes, or contented themselves with anklets, bracelets and rings.

Evidences occur of religious prostitution on a small scale.

As late as the Roman occupatcion the most beautiful girl among the noble families of Thebes was chosen to be consecrated to Amon.

When she was too old to satisfy the god she received an honorable discharge, married, and moved in the highest circles.

It was a civilization with different prejudices from our own.

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Not necessarily
“Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Impotence”,
but interesting nevertheless.

Better Than Hemlock

Quoted from a review of Simon Goldhill’s Foucault’s Virginity by James Davidson in The London Review of Books, October 1995.
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