Sex In Ancient Greece - Favorite
Positions For Sex
By Sacha Tarkovsky
No ancient society’s daily habits and
sexual preferences have been more recorded than those of the ancient
Greeks. The Greeks were sexually liberated, and would even seem open
minded by today’s standards.
Here we look at an overview of their
sexual preferences and the backdrop against which these were molded as
well as their favorite positions.
When we speak about sexual practice in
Ancient Greece, it would have to be from the male’s point of view.
Women unfortunately had no rights whatsoever, and fell into one of three
Wife, concubine, and prostitute.
Wives were for having children and
bringing them up; concubines were for men’s pleasure, and prostitutes
for sexual satisfaction.
The Greeks called their prostitutes
hetaera (or educated and groomed prostitutes) which were very expensive,
highly sought out after, and famous in their own right.
The common prostitutes were called
chamaitype (or dirt doers).
Sex with a hetaera cost much money,
depending on her popularity, and education, and in some respects was a
predecessor of the Japanese Ghisha.
We find the sexual positions used by the
hetaera on ceramic vases and very graphically recorded as well. We know,
for instance they did not like fellacio, and were loathe to perform it,
and usually had to be beaten into submission to do so.
The charmaitype were a different matter.
They had to do what they did, “in the dirt” as they had no beds, or
room to offered. They are depicted also in ceramic works as either
performing rear entry “doggy-style” (but with some modification, see
below), or “on all fours” on the ground, also a rear entry position.
There is little to no mention about the
sexual lives of the Greek wives.
They were used for labor, bearing
children, and the home. The Greek men used their homes as hotels,
basically returning only to sleep.
A Favorite Sexual Position for the
In one famous vase on display at the
British Museum, a hetaera is depicted mounted upon her lover’s lap,
facing him, and being assisted by two slave girls in rising and falling
upon her man’s penis. The man is reclining on a devan in a
semi-sitting position. This may be duplicated easily enough (without the
slave girls!) if the man with his hands on his lover’s waist or
buttocks, steadies her and assists in the up and down movement. As this
was used by highly professional women on their selective clientele, it
may be safely assumed it is very pleasurable.
The Two Positions of the Chamaitype
If we are to believe Homer, the meeting
between the Greek man and a temple prostitute might begin with a beating
(as she would not consent readily to fellacio). Obviously that part must
be omitted in today’s more liberated society.
The first position is a standing,
modified doggy-style. The woman appears to be holding on to a tree trunk
or other fixed object to steady herself. Her legs are spread apart,
longer than shoulder length, the man enters from the rear, near erect.
He has placed his hands on the top or sides of her buttocks, and appears
to be assisting the thrusting. From the imagery, it appears to be a very
good G-spot stimulation technique. The vase artist had carefully painted
half-smile on the prostitute’s face, so she was obviously enjoying
what was going on.
The second position was called in Greek,
cyon (or the ‘dog’, and from whence the name doggy-style obviously
originated), and he woman is on all fours. In one pose her torso is
pointing downward, and the man has entered from the rear. He is pictured
as erect, and hands placed on the back of the buttocks, obviously for
assisting the thrusting movement. In the second pose, the woman’s
torso is parallel to the ground, with her arms fully extended supporting
her body. The man is erect again, hands on her back.
The Greeks were liberated sexually as you
can see from the above information and there are plenty of historical
documents that exist today to tell us a great deal about one of the most
sexually liberated people of their day.
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