Month: April 2013

April 26, 2013 /

If you are interested in further reading on sex in ancient Rome, the Partial Historians have compiled a list for your reading and thinking pleasure below:   Sources: Sex in Ancient Rome   Chrystal, P. 2015. In Bed with the Romans (Amberley Publishing Limited) Edwards, C. 1993. The Politics of Immortality in Ancient Rome (Cambridge University Press) Gardner, J. F. 1991. Women in Roman Law and Society (Indiana University Press) MacLachlan, B. 2013. Women in Ancient Rome:…

April 26, 2013 /

Hello fellow traveller of the laneways of history. Episode Four – Sex and Matronae has arrived! In this episode, we tackle the weighty issue of Roman wives. The Latin term for wife is matrona.  Were Roman wives having sex? Why would they even want to do it? And what were the consequences when things turned a little bit kinky? Find out by checking out the audio below. Episode 4 – Sex and Matronae Looking to…

April 14, 2013 /

To our beloved listeners: We have decided to postpone the episode on ancient Roman sex on film (although it will come, oh yes… it will come). Instead, tune in for our next podcast on sex for those who behaved (married ladies) and those who didn’t (prostitutes). Until then!

April 12, 2013 /

For those of you who have been unable to sleep because we left you on such a cliffhanger, never fear! The next installment is here… and we’re rhyming. In this episode we consider the trials and tribulations of the Vestal Virgins and their (possible) sexual escapades. The Vestal Virgins are a group of six priestesses selected prior to puberty to serve the goddess of the hearth, Vesta. The centrality of the hearth fire to Roman…