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Recommended Reading

Sex And Eroticism in Ancient Times

Images of Lust : Sexual Carvings on Medieval Churches
If you Travel in Europe long enough you'll see tons of erotic art in old Churches. The authors see them as as "serious works that dealt with the sexual customs and salvation of medieval folk."

Looking at Lovemaking: Constructions of Sexuality in Roman Art 100 B.C. - A. D. 250
John R. Clarke looks into the variety of Roman sexual are while trying to find out what the viewer saw in the pictures, rather than interpreting them with modern "sensibilities."

Courtesans & Fishcakes: The Consuming Passions of Ancient Athens
James Davidson provides a look at the passions of Classical Athens--feasting, sexuality and the politics of passion.

The Prehistory of Sex : Four Million Years of Human Sexual Culture
Timothy Taylor's work on exposing the artifacts of human sexual culture. You won't find many theories on human sexuality proven in this text, but it is valued as a survey of the ways sex is celebrated in cultural objects manufactured in prehistory.

The Invention of Pornography, 1500-1800
Lynn Hynt edited this highly regarded collection of critical essays outlining the history and uses of pornography in modern Europe and its connection to democracy.

The Poisoning of Eros : Sexual Values in Conflict
Raymond J. Lawrence Jr. is a preacher who looked so deeply into the origins of Christianity's sex-negative attitudes that his typist quit in disgust before the first chapter was written. Even a religious inquiry can turn up some surprising results, as Lawrence traces the twists and turns of sexual ethics in the Christian era. Highly recommended--but hard to find.