Ancient Greeks used their homes as taverns, brothels

Rowdy taverns feature prominently in Greek literature, but there haven’t been any actual confirmed taverns found. A researcher at the University of Leeds thinks she’s figured out why.

She reviewed archaeolgoical remains unearthed at several prominent sites dating from 475 to 323 BC, including the Villa of Good Fortune in Olynthus, and a residence known as building Z in Athens.

To many archaeologists, the vast numbers of mugs, erotic graffiti and objects found at the sites indicate no more than well-off families that threw lavish parties. But Kelly Blazeby will tell the Archaeological Institute of America meeting in Philadelphia this week that a more plausible explanation is that residents turned over rooms in their houses to selling wine, gambling and even prostitution.

“If you look at the remains coming from ancient Greek homes, it seems very clear to me that these buildings had another function, that some areas were used for commercial purposes,” she said.

It’s seems a reasonable interpretation to me. Even a wealthy home doesn’t have much need for hundreds of drinking vessels, never mind the cubicles that surrounded the cup room. OMG champagne room before champagne!

Anyway, Google tells me that one of the homes in question, Building Z, is already being marketed to tourists as a brothel, so not everyone finds the theory controversial.

And now because what’s a story about a bawdy-house without some bawd, here are some Greek erotic objects from random times and places.

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13 Comments »

Comment by michael
2009-06-22 12:58:59

Send me more!!!

Comment by livius drusus
2009-07-01 10:33:12

More what?

 
 
Comment by Anonymous
2010-01-03 01:17:06

hellow

 
Comment by Anonymous
2010-05-16 07:57:29

:hattip:

 
Comment by Anonymous
2010-10-21 13:09:41

:evil: :evil: :evil: :evil:

 
Comment by farhad
2010-11-27 06:37:01

:lol: :giggle: :cool: :boogie:

 
Comment by Anonymous
2011-03-16 19:16:24

THATS FUCKING BULLCRAP SHOW MORE RESPECT TO THE GREEK YOU FUCKING BASTARDED MONGRELS THERE IS NO OTHER TRIBE IN THE WORLD THAT HAS DONE SO MANY IMPORTANT THINGS THAT EFFECT YOUR SHITTY LIFES EVEN TODAY

Comment by livius drusus
2011-03-16 19:31:32

:lol: Yes, and they also drank alcoholic beverages and shtupped prostitutes while doing those oh-so-important things. What’s the big deal?

 
Comment by Anonymous
2011-03-16 21:33:15

All roads lead to Rome. :yes:

 
 
Comment by Anonymous
2011-04-15 16:01:23

ewwwwwwwwwwwwww :no:

 
Comment by anon
2011-05-04 12:27:08

cool youre jets dude, sex is a normal part of life… and obviously they were doing it if they had children… dont be so quick to defend something that doesnt even need defending. :confused:

 
Comment by anon
2011-05-04 12:32:00

Although.. The pictures do seem a bit graphic, sex is a part of life, and there is no reason for the person who wrote: “THATS FUCKING BULLCRAP SHOW MORE RESPECT TO THE GREEK YOU FUCKING BASTARDED MONGRELS THERE IS NO OTHER TRIBE IN THE WORLD THAT HAS DONE SO MANY IMPORTANT THINGS THAT EFFECT YOUR SHITTY LIFES EVEN TODAY” to be freaking out. Calm down, all she was doing was writing a FACTUAL article.. And I am pretty sure you were not there, so you have no idea what they were doing. Yes, many good things came out of these people, reproduction was one of them. CALM YOURSELF. :shifty:

 
Comment by Anonymous
2011-05-22 08:36:52

I love the Ancient Greeks. Viva l’amour and freedom of sex!

 
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