Sex in Ancient Rome

Sex in Ancient Rome

The sexual atmosphere in the earlier stages of Roman civilization was so open that it in fact included celebrations associated with human reproductive organs. In this time there was the emergence of institutionalized sex, either voluntary sex or prostitution. This meant that apart from the legally wedded spouses, men also kept mistresses. These mistresses were usually daughters or even wives of other wealthy men who enjoyed sex. Rome also had a class called the Lupae, who were women willing to have sex with anyone who could pay the price. There were also the Copae, or bar maids, who were hired as bedmates after the taverns closed. Finally, homosexuality openness was prevalent as men hired handsome adolescent menservants who would serve their masters in...