In case you have never heard of or seen the television show "Spartacus," it is a graphically violent television show about gladiators in ancient Rome. While the show is certainly entertaining, as it is supposed to be, one is struck by all the sexual activity that is contained within the 50 minutes or so that the episode lasts. At the beginning of each episode, there is a disclaimer, warning that the show depicts ancient Roman society, and therefore, contains graphic sex and violence. Although a historian would be a better judge of how accurately ancient Roman society is portrayed, it is interesting that the creators of the show chose to make the people of ancient Rome appear so sex-crazed. Is that really what ancient Roman society was like? Are we expressing our own innate desires of what we want ancient Roman to have been like?
What's Sex Got to do With... Spartacus?
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