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The Greeks and Romans have left many legacies–democracy, philosophy, mathematics… But they have also left a plethora of sexually explicit imagery–statues with erect penises, bestiality as garden sculpture, and drinking vessels showing scenes of rape and sexual intercourse.
Two clay plaques, small enough to hold in your palm, depict couples copulating in remarkable detail. Dating from the early second millennium BCE, the Old Babylonian period, they come from a 300-year window when mass-produced terra cotta plaques were popular, including those that exhibit sexual acts.
Archaeologists in Egypt have discovered a tomb they say could be of a previously unknown pharaoh named Woseribre Senebkay, who reigned over ancient Egypt between 1650 and 1600 BC. The crypt was found at the southern Egyptian site of Abydos, about 500km south of Cairo, by an excavation team from the Penn Museum, University of Pennsylvania. King Senebkay’s tomb was uncovered close to a larger royal tomb of another pharaoh, Sobekhotep (1780 BC), the first king of Egypt’s 13th Dynasty. Inside the …