Tag Archive | italy

American Government Pays Protection to Muslim Pirates

It all starts with the Barbary corsairs (another word for what we would call a pirate or privateer)…  ————— Quick terminology lesson: Pirate: generally considered to not be affiliated with any nation, or displaying any strong national predilection, or distinction, between attacking one nation’s ships over another’s Privateer: generally “licensed” by a governing official to lay […]

Arachne: The Woman Who Spoke the Truth

In Greco-Roman mythology Arachne was a mortal woman, who was challenged by Athena, goddess of wisdom and crafts, to determine which of them was the better weaver. There are three versions of the story. **Spiders are called arachnids after Arachne. Ovid’s Version In this version, Arachne was a shepherd’s daughter who began weaving at an […]

Perv Paradise: Ancient Rome

Sex Slavery It’s no secret that Roman society ran on slavery. Men and women captured during military conquests were shipped all over the Empire and auctioned off to the highest bidder – at which point they became the property of some aristocrat or other. And those aristocrats usually had one thing on their minds when […]

Fun Facts: Romans #3

Obscene Literature If you thought 50 Shades was dirty, wait till you hear about Roman literature. As with everything else in their lives, it revolved strictly round sex – and not just regular sex: weird, kinky, messy fetish sex. Take Sa tyricon, one of only two surviving Roman novels. The plot focuses on the adventures of […]

Fun Facts: Rome #1

Lewd Graffiti Next time you get bored and scrawl a massive dong on the wall of a public toilet, you should know that you’re simply carrying on an ancient tradition that stretches back to Roman times. That’s right: the Romans were no more high-minded about this sort of thing than you or me. When they […]