I wish I was a Roman  

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3/5/2006 2:06 pm

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I wish I was a Roman

I was watching a cable tv show about the life and decadance of the Romans. Despite the desoptism it sounds like it was a lot of fun. Ofcourse it would only be fun if I were a wealthy Roman. Being a plebian or slave was no fun at all, not even as fun as my life now, if one can imagine that.

But if I were a powerful and respected member of the Roman elite, like a big shot military man or a senator or something it seems like I'd have the life I've only dreamed of.

The center of the pleasure would be, ofcourse, the orgies. Can you imagine, week long orgies where the women actively participate and enjoy? Instead of the world in which we find ourselves where most people see sex as limited to intimate relationships, and improper to talk about in public. Wouldn't it be great to live in a time where everyone saw sex as fun and immensely pleasurable? Not that I think the Romans did not have strong and intimate relationships. But it's obvious that at least a lot of Romans believed that intimacy and love is not necessarily about sex, and that sex is certainly not all about love.

The Romans seemed to think that sexual pleasure was just as acceptable as our culture thinks of drinking alcohol. Sexuality was not guarded and hidden, but celebrated. Walls of villas were covered with images of what we would call pornography but the Romans saw it as common decoration.

I know that the Romans' self-indulgent practices proved to be destructive but still it would be nice to go there for a week or so and join the party. It also may not hurt to look at what "the church" has done to sexuality and perhaps rethink what our society teaches us about it.

__Huntress__ 56M/59F

3/5/2006 2:55 pm

I am currently reading a book called "Sappho's Leap" by Erica Jong ... its erotic prose throughout is beautiful ...

For thousands of years, "the church" has viewed sex as indecent ... and it would finally seem that "the church" itself is beginning to unravel from the inside out because of this ... one can only hope I suppose ...

Great post ...


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