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The Joy of Sexus: Lust, Love, and Longing in the Ancient World Paperback – January 29, 2013
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“A snappy ride into the stunning, sometimes barbaric, and always entertaining sexuality of the ancient world...This is a fun, enlightening trip into the ancient world not covered in high school textbooks.” ―Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“In concise entries divided into nine readable sections, León delivers a snappy ride into the stunning, sometimes barbaric, and always entertaining sexuality of the ancient world. From aphrodisiacs and diaphanous silks to abduction and the very upsetting practice of infibulation, she minces no words exposing the truth behind ancient sex practices.” ―Publishers Weekly, a "best new book of the week"
“Enjoyable, edifying, and humorous.” ―Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
Vicki León calls the central coast of California home but returns often to her Mediterranean sources. Having honed her research skills by unearthing nine hundred achievers for her Uppity Women series of books, she's delved deeply into the ancient world with Working IX to V, How to Mellify a Corpse, and, of course, The Joy of Sexus. Visit her website at www.vickileon.com.
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So, when I was offered THE JOY OF SEXUS for review- I lunged for it! I know, I know, some of you may be reluctant because of the title...Let me begin by saying, it's HISTORY! This wonderful little book contains all the beliefs, superstitions, spirituality, love and more that originated back then.
Ever wonder how all of the above ever came about? Where did the terminology come from? What is the root of those beliefs and practices? Well, THE JOY OF SEXUS, will clear that up and give you sometimes more information than you need...but in such good taste and humour that you will be chuckling the whole way through it. And historically speaking, this book will put you at the forefront of `the reasons why'- conversation starters and movers that can be used at cocktail parties or nerdy history conferences alike!
I particularly loved the stories on the `celebrities' of back then. Who knew that Caesar loved a certain Cougar to death? (...me who thought no one could top Cleo!) My all-time favourite couple was Pericles and Aspasia- such romance!
Vicki Leon engages her readers by peaking our interest from the very first page to the last. This is the kind of history that will be retained because of the immediate interest it evokes and the in-depth info it provides. All those juicy details that beg to be told don't just pop in here and there- the book is filled with them! I can honestly say that I learned something new and interesting on every page.
A quick read that fully satisfies and quenches that historical wonder...
A five-star read!!! I highly recommend this book!
It blows my mind how real these erotic, cross-dressing, gay, bi, demon lover orgasmic expert historical people are to the author, Vicki Leon. At times it almost feels like she knows, or at least used to know them, as though she used to hang out with them, go to the same decadent parties. She is so comfortable with the huge cast of characters in The Joy of Sexus that the reader often forgets he/she is reading history.
I've read a good many of Leon's books, have followed her work for years now, and all of them have been excellent, you always learn plenty in her books, but I think Sexus might well be my favorite. It is just so, well, so spicy, so often so utterly outrageous. We (well I do anyhow) tend to think that in olden days people were old, they were conservative, prudes, and they didn't have much fun, but reading this book I was struck many times at how in comparison with so many of these Greek or Romans from thousands of years ago...at how conservative we are now.
For hundreds of years, thousands actually, as far as sex and pleasing themselves, men often did pretty much whatever they damn well pleased. Important men especially, often rulers, frequently had boy toy lovers, sometimes many of them, and no one seemed to find it especially unusual. Women (especially royalty) too had lovers aplenty, of both sexes, but for the most part women have been kept down over the years; the men in charge always seemed to come up with many laws to keep women from having as much fun as a man.Read more ›
By reading her book I learned about Callipygia worship - a fixation on a person's derriere and divine gender-bending that affected such ancient prophets as Teiresias the Seer. I think my favorite passage from the book, though, was a retelling of the story of Pherenike of Rhodes.
I have not studied ancient Greece as extensively as I have studied Republican Rome so, although I knew that the ancient Greek Olympics were conducted in the nude and that women were not allowed to attend, I had never read any background material to explain why. León provided me with all the information I could have hoped for in her passage about Pherenike of Rhodes.
It seems that Pherenike was a young woman born into a family of Olympic victors. Her father was a champion boxer at the Olympic Games in 464 BCE.
"Her big burly brothers continued the winning streak. In boxing and the ferocious boxing-wrestling event called the pancratium, Pherenike's brothers swept six different Olympic Games."
León goes on to surprise me by observing that Pherenike probably watched her athletic family compete in the games when she was a young girl and later before her marriage. Apparently, young virgins were allowed to watch the games - just not married matrons!
Then León continues saying Pherenike also married a famous athlete named Callianax and bore two sons who also trained for the Olympics.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Plenty of information, but the tone is a little flip for my taste. Bought it as a source of research and story ideas for my scribblers' team to write. It serves its purpose.Published 10 months ago by Victoria H.
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This is one of the greatest introductory texts to sex-culture in antiquity. Read more
I have not finished book, but it is enjoyable. It's not a book I would reread, however.Published 17 months ago by P. Talley
Interesting facts but not nearly as complex (nor titillating) as I'd hoped!Published 22 months ago by Rochelle
As a student of ancient history, I thought the book was fascinating.
William MacArthur, Author: Memoirs Of A Cold War Colonel
Good book, but not near as exciting as it looks, give the subject matter I thought it would be a page turner.Published on January 22, 2014 by Jacdev