In Bed with the Romans
In Bed with the Romans

In Bed with the Romans


Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, (US $14.95) (CA $19.95)

Publication Date: August 2017

ISBN 9781445666730

Rights: US & CA

Amberley Publishing (Aug 2017)

Available from local and national retailers throughout the US.


Takes the clothes off Roman society to reveal the truth about sex and sexuality

One way or another the Romans spent quite a lot of time in bed, in between conquering and civilizing the known world. The men were intent on demonstrating their power and virility; the women were busy conceiving, delivering and raising as many children as possible, in order to keep Rome topped up with soldiers, politicians and workers.  This history describes love and marriage; the role of the wife in the family and in religion, as well as in bed; and sexual medicine, homosexuality, pornography and pederasty. All manner of sexual behavior is covered in this comprehensive and balanced discussion of the Roman relationship with sex. Paul Chrystal vividly describes the sexual predilections and debauchery of the Roman emperors and their empresses and mistresses, and draws his conclusions from literature, ancient graffiti, inscriptions and the visual arts that form the bedrock of this book.

Author Biography

Paul Chrystal appears regularly on BBC local radio the World Service. He is the author of over 50 books, including In Bed with the Ancient Greeks.