Erotic literature and art[ edit ] Romantic scene from a mosaic Villa at Centocelle, Rome, 20 BC—20 AD Ancient literature pertaining to Roman sexuality falls mainly into four categories: Information about the sex lives of the Romans is scattered in historiographyoratoryphilosophy, and writings on medicineagricultureand other technical topics.
Lattimore Greek epic C8th B. Shewring Greek epic C8th B. For nine nights did wise Zeus lie with her, entering her holy bed remote from the immortals.
And when a year was passed and the seasons came round as the months waned, and many days were accomplished, she bare nine daughters, all of one mind, whose hearts are set upon song and their spirit free from care, a little way from the topmost peak of snowy Olympos Olympus.
There are their bright dancing-places and beautiful homes, and beside them the Kharites Charites, Graces and Himeros Desire live in delight.
And they, uttering through their lips a lovely voice, sing the laws of all and the goodly ways of the immortals, uttering their lovely voice. Then went they to Olympos, delighting in their sweet voice, with heavenly song, and the dark earth resounded about them as they chanted, and a lovely sound rose up beneath their feet as they went to their father [Zeus].
And he was reigning in heaven, himself holding the lightning and glowing thunderbolt, when he had overcome by might his father Kronos; and he distributed fairly to the immortals [including the Mousai] their portions and declared their privileges. Evelyn-White Greek epic C7th - 4th B. Greek Epic Fragments C8th to 7th B.
Kephiso CephisoApollonis, and Borysthenis. Sandys Greek lyric C5th B.
Greek Lyric V C5th B. Greek Elegiac Greek elegy C7th B. Greek Elegiac Greek elegy C6th B. Lamb Greek philosopher C4th B. Aldrich Greek mythographer C2nd A. Erato for the lovers, and of the other Mousai Muses for those who do them honour.
Kalliope Calliope the eldest Mousa Muse and of Ourania Urania who is next to her, for the philosophers. Oldfather Greek historian C1st B. Writers similarly disagree also concerning the number of the Mousai; for some say they are but thee, and others that they are nine, but the number nine has prevailed since it rests upon the authority of the most distinguished men, such as Homer and Hesiod and others like them.
Homer, for instance writes: Jones Greek travelogue C2nd A. To this also Hegesinus alludes in his poem Atthis [Greek poet uncertain date].
This poem of Hegesinos Hegesinus I have not read, for it was no longer extant when I was born. The sons of Aloeus [i. But they say that afterwards Pieros Pierusa Makedonian Macedonianafter whom the mountain in Makedonia was named, came to Thespiai Thespiae and established nine Mousai, changing their names to the present ones.
Pieros was of this opinion either because it seemed to him wiser, or because an oracle so ordered, or having so learned from one of the Thrakians Thracians.
For the Thrakians had the reputation of old of being more clever than the Makedonians, and in particular of being not so careless in religious matters. There are some who say that Pieros himself had nine daughters [the Pierides], that their names were the same as those of the goddesses, and that those whom the Greeks called the children of the Mousai were sons of the daughters of Pieros.
Mimnermos [Greek poet C6th B. Celoria Greek mythographer C2nd A.Sappho sang of desire, passion and love – mostly directed towards women. As new fragments of her work are found, a fuller picture of her is emerging, but she remains the most mysterious of ancient poets.
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Books XVI to XXI. Dec 04, · For she who far surpassed all human beings in beauty, Helen abandoned the finest man and to Troy sailed, and neither her child nor her beloved parents thought her, not for a moment.” – Sappho.
For once in her life, Helen wanted to think about herself.
For so long, she had been merely someone to have. To control. To own. Source: “Experts from Sappho: a new translation of the complete works: from Sappho: a new translation of the complete works, (Cambridge University Press, ) pp Number of lines in passage: 22 Sappho is a renowned poet whose work has lasted centuries.