The Joy Of Sexus: Lust, Love, And Longing In The Ancient World by Vicki LeónThe Joy Of Sexus: Lust, Love, And Longing In The Ancient World by Vicki León

The Joy Of Sexus: Lust, Love, And Longing In The Ancient World

byVicki León

Paperback | January 29, 2013

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In her previous books, Vicki León put readers in the sandals of now obsolete laborers, ranging from funeral clowns to armpit pluckers, and untangled the twisted threads of superstition and science in antiquity. Now, in this book of astonishing true tales of love and sex in long-ago Greece, Rome, and other cultures around the Mediterranean, she opens the doors to shadowy rooms and parts the curtains of decorum.

León goes far beyond what we think we know about sex in ancient times, taking readers on a randy tour of aphrodisiacs and anti-aphrodisiacs, contraception, nymphomania, bisexuality, cross-dressing, and gender-bending. She explains citizens' fear of hermaphrodites, investigates the stinging price paid for adultery despite the ease of divorce, introduces readers to a surprising array of saucy pornographers, and even describes the eco-friendly dildos used by libidinous ancients. Love also gets its due, with true tales of the lifelong bonds between military men, history's first cougar and her devoted relationship with Julius Caesar, and the deification of lovers.

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. Vis...
Title:The Joy Of Sexus: Lust, Love, And Longing In The Ancient WorldFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 7.09 × 6.99 × 0.76 inPublished:January 29, 2013Publisher:Walker & CompanyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:080271997X

ISBN - 13:9780802719973

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Joy of Sexus, Vicki Leon I love Vicki Leon’s books! These are filled with utmost originality in content, presentation, details, facts and entertainment- and that’s in Nonfiction- History books!! It’s true. If you’ve ever read any of her books you know exactly what I mean. 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!
Date published: 2013-01-30

Editorial Reviews

"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