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Bibil Identifier bibil:202212
Publication Type Article of book
Title (English, Long) Celibacy in the Greco-Roman World
Author Braun, Willi
Edited book Celibacy and Religious Traditions
Year (Reference) 2007
Language English
Pages 21-40 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Citizens of ancient Greece and Rome were expected to reproduce, whereas violators of this guideline were penalized by governmental legislation. An exception was made for the Vestal Virgins and the eunuch-priests of the Cybele cult because of their religious office. The obligation to reproduce hides a cultural conviction that sexual pleasure was potentially dangerous and antisocial because orgasm was associated with epilepsy and loss of vital spirit.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Graeco-Roman World : History and Civilization
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Themes : Celibacy
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