Episode 1 – Launches On An Unsuspecting Public

Greetings all! You are so very welcome.  Our aim is to entertain and inform some lovely listeners like yourselves! Please click here to listen to our first episode or check out the file below.  We are planning to do a series of episodes in which we shall explore all the aspects of sex in Ancient Rome, so be sure to stay tuned for our next episode…

In this episode Dr Radford and Dr Greenfield address the most pressing issue in Ancient Roman history … SEX.

What were Roman attitudes towards sex?
And who in Ancient Rome is having sex?

Listen and find out!

Podcast 1 – Sex in Ancient Rome

Ancient Rome sex
Roman fresco from the bedroom (Cubiculum 43) in the Casa del Centenario (IX 8,3) in Pompeii, First Century BCE. Image courtesy of CFCF / Wikimedia Commons

Drs R and G laugh and spar their way through the ancient Roman world!


  1. Joel McCann
    March 1, 2013

    Loved the episode girls!!! Very well done

  2. Jai Garbyal
    May 8, 2013

    Well done Doc P and Dr Rad, Very interesting enjoyed the back and forth. I think the social aspect (what society at the time believes is acceptable or not acceptable) was very interesting: example the power roles in Sex, cunnilingus was frowned upon, homosexual and heterosexual sex was deemed the same (no separation, just the act of sex).

    Dr Rad I like the reference to Spartacus Blood and sand ;).
    I enjoy most period based movies, documentaries and television shows, ‘Rome’, ‘Gladiator’, ‘Spartacus’ (these coincide with your topic). I want to know how close are these to the real ancient Rome and historical story it is trying to portray (I understand it has been very dramatized), maybe a comparison (a hard ask because the listeners would have to be familiar with the show you pick).

    I also learnt a little about Nero when I was at school he always has been an unforgettable character and I’d like to know more, if you could do an in depth piece on him that would be awesome.

    Thank you

    • May 29, 2013

      Hi Jai,

      Thanks for your feedback. We’re definitely going to be doing an episode on Nero. We’ve just started looking at the emperor’s lives in more detail so keep an eye out for Nero 🙂
      Your question about Blood and Sand and other shows certainly has set Dr Rad’s heart a-racing! We also intend to deal with how ‘Ancient Roman’ sex is portrayed in film and television, although this may be a little further down the track. Hopefully all your questions shall be satisfied in this future episode. Stay tuned! Dr Rad cannot wait until we discuss the representation of Rome in film and television.

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