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02/03/2010 15:33:00 Theophrastus – love is a sickness of the idle spirit Marcus Porcius Cato expelled Manilus a prospective candidate for the consulship  from the senate for embracing his wife during the day in front of their daughter - love was like a disease and had to be dealt with when they were young - the fundamental reason for marriage was the bearing of offspring - love upset Roman morality - Pompey the Great was in love with his wife Julia, and so it became something  that was mocked by his political adversaries  - Cicero’s letters to his family were published by his slave (Tiro) after his death Tiro also recorded Cicero’s speeches etc - the wives had to live by these ideal virtues of child bearance, and domestic  responsibility - most Romans were not expected to fall in love with their wives, yet they still  needed sex - slaves and prostitutes could be used for this purpose  - Cato the elder sees a young man coming out of a brothel and commends him  for taking care of his itch, the second time he sees him coming out of the brothel he tells  him that the itch should not be scratched everyday - therefore lust was seen as something bad at the same time… - sexual intercourse was not supposed to create  any sort of relationship with the  people engaged in the activity, it was seen as a biological need that needed to be  satisfied as was eating and drinking - overindulgence was seen as a bad thing - Some emperors wife would bring prostitutes to him to have sex - 800 words for sexual organs and everything that they are used for (Latin) fides – loyalty 
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Terence – homo sum; humani nil a me alienum puto   I am a man therefore I consider nothing human alien to me Sex - not into orgies
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