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This information is concerning his childhood, when Roman law recognized that a soldier might be raped by the enemy, and specified that a man raped in war should not suffer the loss of social standing that an infamis did when willingly undergoing penetration; Digest 3. For example, Gaius Luciliusa second-century BC poet, draws comparisons between anal sex with boys and vaginal sex with females; in fact, he seems to have written an whole chapter in a work of satires an originally Roman literary genre made up entirely of comparisons between lovers of both sexes, though the bulk of this work is lost to modernity. Latin had such a wealth of words for men outside the masculine norm that some scholars [] argue for the existence of a homosexual subculture at Rome; that is, although the noun "homosexual" has no straightforward equivalent in Latin, literary sources reveal a pattern of behaviors among a minority of free men that indicate same-sex preference or orientation. Everyone knows about Sappho. It was believed that human sacrifice could extend the life of another.

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There was an undoubted growth of rural impoverishment that left populations open to the pandemic diseases that swept through the Mediterranean world from late in the second century.

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They needed high birth rates not to die out. Four Central Discourses," in Combatting Homophobiap. During the Republica Roman citizen's political liberty libertas was defined in part by the right to preserve his body from physical compulsion, including both corporal punishment and sexual abuse. Although Roman women of the upper classes were educated and are known to have both written poetry and corresponded with male relatives, very few fragments of anything that might have been written by women survived. In the Roman Republic pederasty was even prohibited by law. Three Types of Explanation," in Combatting Homophobia:

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Homoerotic themes are introduced to Latin literature during a period of increasing Greek influence on Roman culture in the 2nd century BC. In Rome, homosexual relationships were quite common; there were masses of male prostitutes who legally paid their taxes, and many rich and powerful men spent fortunes on their male lovers. It comes into fashion again in the High Middle Ages, when population is growing. Passions of the Cut Sleeve: Martial describes women acting sexually actively with other women as having outsized sexual appetites and performing penetrative sex on both women and boys.

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