A Hysterical Look at Sex Toys: Party like a Roman God!

A Hysterical Look at Sex Toys: Party like a Roman God!

Last month we talked about getting your rocks off with literal rocks, and this week we move into the time of togas. Once again this is a (mostly comical) look at sex toys from the past.

Last month we talked about getting your rocks off with literal rocks, and this week we move into the time of togas. Once again this is a (mostly comical) look at sex toys from the past.

Ever been to Mardi Gras? What about Spring Break in Florida? The Greeks and the Romans made these mere week-long parties look a church bake sale. Celebrations honouring Dionysus (who the Romans called Bacchus or Liber) could last a month at a time, and as he was the original god of tits and wine, and also the god of fertility, a good worshiping of him meant getting drunk for over a week straight and fornicating like rabbits for the people of ancient Rome .

 

 

Massive statues of penises would be paraded around the town, taken from drinking hall to drinking hall where a prayer would be held in its honour. Many people believe this is where the modern tradition of holding cheers comes from. They would then be picked up and brought to the next group of merrymakers. At the end of all this, the statues would be taken to town square where maidens would cover them with a wreath of flowers to ensure that both the women would be fruitful with happy healthy kids, and the men could keep their inner Bacchus in check for another year.

 

But sometimes a month long drunken orgy just didn’t do the job...

 

In Aristophanes' comedy titled Lysistrata, women where withholding sex from their partners and using olisbos or little Dionysus statues to keep themselves happy. The play references some of the ladies sharing the olisbos among one another, or using them at the same time. This was all in an attempt to stop the men from going to war. Records have been found of very high ranking military men getting olisbos made in their image to give to their wives to stop "hysteria", which at the time was thought to be caused by a lack of semen.

 

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