Sex BC

The History Channel is finally broadcasting the “Sex BC” mini-series in prime time. Last year, on its first outing, it was buried in the wee hours, probably due to its subject matter, but there’s really nothing that would frighten the horses.
It has only three parts dealing respectively with prehistory, Egypt and the Classical period. It’s actually quite informative and well presented but throughout you feel this frisson when archaeologists start to speculate what all that material they have found (large-breasted figurines, wooden dildos by the box full, graphical and hyroglyphic pornography in scrolls and on the walls everywhere, threesome burials with ritualistic mutilations etc) actually means to an audience steeped in 2000 years of Christianity or 1300 years of Islamism. A delicious irony is that Egyptology was a favourite pastime of some Victorians who couldn’t get all that salacious material fast enough to the vaults of the British Museum to be locked away forever, if it was up to them. And what a contrast too between the sex-everywhere ancient Egyptians and the contemporary repressed Islamic society that inhabits the Nile Delta today. Monotheism has a lot to answer for, and you can’t but think that a lot of world trouble would be helped by relieving all that sexual frustration by and repressive submission to religious regimes.

Anyway, next Wednesday is the final installment on the subject of the Classics, from which we libertines and secularists can still learn a great deal sexually.
Channel 4, which commissioned the series, has a great background article on the issue of sex in history:

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