Sexuality in Ancient Rome, Ancient Greece and Today

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Sexuality in Ancient Rome, Ancient Greece and Today
Sexuality has always been a matter of utmost concern to the world. Sex, a primal and integral part of existence, is complicated through modernity, technology and social structures that emerged in ancient civilizations. These ancient western civilizations lay the foundation for modern thought, and sex cannot be excluded when one thinks about ancient influences in a contemporary society.
Ancient Rome, the capital of Italy, has ambiguous origins. Rome was at its peak around 27 B.C.E. to around 400 B.C.E., afterward upon which it fell to Byzantium and then the Germanic tribes that took over. Still, Rome laid some very important foundations when it comes to sexuality and the ideologies...
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..... ideas of sex (with some limits like incest, necrophilia, etc.) “Although we link sex and violence when we complain about the debasement of television, we see them as stark opposites…armed with our modern sexual idealism, most people consider the expression of our sexual identities a good thing (Thornton, 1998).” Overall, we are less constrained by society in some respects than either the ancient Greeks or Romans, but we still value the façade of marriage and our sexual behaviors reinforce the ideas that dominate our society.
Bibliography
Hallet, Judith P. & Skinner, Marilyn B. (1997). Roman Sexualities. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
Thronton, Bruce S. (1998). Eros: The Myth of Ancient Greek Sexuality. New York: Westview Press.