"In Ancient Rome, no sex!": as previously fought for morality

Human history knows two trends: the first is craving for sex and the second — the struggle with sex. Why do so — let him think Sigmund Freud. Let's look, as fought the disease in different ages.

The Roman Emperor Augustus (63 BC — 14 ad)

With the lechery he fought decrees, for example, forbade women to watch a fight. August was not against the sports, just at that time, was made to fight in a negligee, and serious ladies ought not see such obscenities. And Octavian fines strengthen the family. Caught cheating on a man had to pay a tidy sum, and my wife could get a divorce without unnecessary red tape. Disgraced the husband was obliged by law to declare, and if they didn't want him tried as a pimp. Dad caught daughter with a lover, had the right to kill that on the spot. All men under 60 were to be married. All women under 50 years married. The families were large, people often inherited. Childless was only entitled to half of the bequeathed, and the bachelors all were left with nothing.

Bishop Cyril Of Alexandria (376-444)

Over time, the power of the Bishop has expanded his followers beat up a prefect (city Chapter) and according to one version killed Hypatia — a woman who led the local school of philosophy. Fanatics crowd tore at her clothes and tore the skin.

Savonarola — the most unusual theologian, Italy (1452-1498)

"The sins of Italy — he said — make me a prophet." He was offered the Bishop's and cardinal's rank. His popularity was such that he appointed his sermons at the same time when he was supposed to be balls and masquerades. Surprisingly, people went to the Friar, not fun. This fanatical preacher managed for a short time to turn the fun and celebrate the city of Florence in a real monastery.

Savonarola denounced the luxury and women ceased to wear jewelry to Church. Savonarola criticized prazdnika and the Florentines began to read the Bible, instead of Boccaccio and Ovid. Savonarola banned cards — and voluntary vigilantes patrolled the city in search of dens of gambling. Perfume, clothes, mirrors, paintings — all the wicked stuff burned in the square. The artist himself Botticelli burned several of his own works. The preacher forbade homosexuality and issued a decree by which the perverts burned alive. In all fairness I must say that during all his reign, and executed only one sodomite and more for robbery than orientation.

After a year of cheerful Renaissance Florence was not to know: all prayed, fasted and went to Church. Women were modest, on the streets instead of songs sang Psalms, many have gone to the monastery to atone for sins. The king of Florence had proclaimed Christ, and the Friar — the chosen one. The Board preacher stopped Pope Alexander VI — who himself knew a nice time: Savonarola was publicly executed.

Protestant preacher John Calvin (1509-1564)

Two hundred years later, Voltaire joked that Calvin opened the doors of monasteries not to release the monks, and to drive back the whole world.

Queen Victoria (1819-1901)

Struggled with everything that is related to sexual relations, or resembles something of this sort. For example, eggs were called "chicken fruit." Has developed a male "chastity belt" to the boys engaged in Masturbation. On the rack uprights with rounded ends put on lotion. Even books written by men and women, put on different shelves, if the authors "were not married". To offer lunch lady chicken leg was considered a terrible vulgarity. The sex was a taboo subject. Slept, and even sometimes washed clothes. In a negligee, the woman was not seen even husband. Pregnancy is off the table, with the abdomen could not appear in society.

I must say that these rules applied only to the ruling strata. The vernacular was far from conventional. Pregnant women worked until the birth. Flourished dens with drugs and prostitutes. Homosexuality has existed in latent form. The Victorian era went down in history as a symbol of bigotry and hypocrisy, where "it is impossible, but if you really want to — you can".

Keywords: Antique | Prohibition | Crime | Middle ages

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