Soon after, sex was implicated first in the overthrow of the tyrannical monarchy and the establishment of the republic, and then in the restoration of that republic so pivotal to Roman democracy.During the former, virtuous Lucretia [a legendary Roman matron whose fate played a key role in the transition from a Roman Kingdom into a Roman Republic] took her own life in 510 BC after being raped by Sextus Tarquinius, son of Lucius Tarquinius Superbus, last king of Rome. A print from Titian Paintings and Drawings, introduction by Hans Tietze, Phaidon Press, Vienna, 1937.The concept of registered partnership had existed in Greece since 2009 but was only available to heterosexual partners; this was declared discriminatory by the European Court of Human Rights.
Mahmoud looks out over the chaotic mess of rooftops and aerials and towards the neglected park he now calls home.He's wearing a red hoodie, blue jeans and a black cap.Right from the start, sex was linked to momentous constitutional development for the Roman state.The first instance was the 750 BC rape of the Sabine women – a carefully executed example of nation building in which the Romans replenished their dwindling supply of fertile women by carrying off the wives and daughters of the neighbouring Sabines. The book describes love and marriage; the role of the wife in the family and in religion (as well as in bed); plus sexual medicine, homosexuality, pornography and pederasty.
Here, writing for , 1963 is the year in which sex was invented in Britain. Of course, like us, Romans and Latins had been having sex forever but, according to Roman historian Titus Livius Patavinus (aka ‘Livy’), soon after the founding of Rome (in 753 BC), sex attained indelible and inextricable political and historical importance in the annals of Rome.It's 2am on the Greek island of Zakynthos, and outside the Cocktails and Dreams nightclub, the party is in full swing.Swarms of excitable Brits stumble between bars and clubs, scuffling and fumbling on their way.If you don't fancy making the journey yourself, and can stomach some pretty uncomfortable viewing, a quick search on You Tube leads straight to the belly of the beast. Zakynthos – also known as Zante – was once a sleepy Ionian island, favoured by an altogether milder sort of tourist.Among pages of graphic mobile-phone footage, one upload, simply titled "Laganas Women", displays a sequence of wasted Brits gyrating manically in various states of undress, accompanied by the words "this is in every club you go to". With 70 miles of coastline, and golden beaches home to a high population of turtles, this was a place to sit back, unwind and soak up the sun."I didn't know anyone when I arrived in Athens," he begins. I don't have a home so I sleep every night in a park nearby."I had only two options when I arrived - one was to become a thief or a drug dealer," Mahmoud explains.