The Human Mind Sex/Erotica Mimes of the Courtesans

Mimes of the Courtesans

Mimes of the Courtesans
Catalog # SKU1853
Publisher TGS Publishing
Weight 1.00 lbs
Author Name Lucian Samosata
 
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The Mimes
of the Courtesans


By
Lucian of Samosata

A look back at the social and sexual customs of our ancient ancestors. These ancient writings reveal the roots of how our societal customs have evolved into this modern era.

The translator has endeavored to keep constantly in mind the kindly humanism with which Lucian wrote these tales so descriptive of one phase of Greek life. Lucian discusses intimate sex details with the frankness of one not immoral, but influenced by a system of morals that finds everything that is natural both beautiful and good.

Excerpt

The Pleasure Of Being Beaten

Ampelis
Why are you so sad, Chrysis? And your eyes are red with crying. I have always known you as a cheerful girl. You, of all our friends, should be happy. For it is common gossip that Gorgias loves you with a love that is bestowed on few women.

Chrysis
Yes, that is just it. He loves me! But you would not have thought so had you seen him last night, in that insane fury that overcomes him when I but walk in the shadow of another man. No, had you seen him beating me last night, would you but see the marks of his lash on my body now, you would not think him such a lover. Lover indeed! He whips me with more fury than the meanest slave.

Ampelis
But this fury is only another proof of his great love. You should he thankful, not complaining.

Chrysis
What are you saying? Must he always be beating me?

Ampelis
No. But may he always get angry when your attention wanders to some other man! He must be crazy about you. If he weren't, he wouldn't have gotten excited when he saw you with another lover.

Chrysis
But I have no other lover. He imagines that I am in love with a rich old man just because I spoke to the fellow the other day.

Ampelis
It is a very good thing that he thinks the rich are after you. The more he will suffer on account of that, the more he will try to rival them--you know how--so as not to be left behind.

Chrysis
Meanwhile, he raises Cain and whips me and gives me not an obole.

Ampelis
He'll give. Jealous men are always liberal givers.

Chrysis
But, dearie, I don't see why he should keep on beating me.

Ampelis
I am not saying that. I do know, however, that men become bigger-hearted and better lovers once they get the suspicion that their mistresses care less about them. When a man believes himself to be the one and only lover in a woman's life, he'll whistle and go his way.

I ought to know; I have followed this profession for the last twenty years. If you want me to, I will tell you what happened to me a few years ago.

At that time I had a steady lover, a certain Demophantos, a usurer living near Poikile. He had never given me more than five drachmas and he pretended to be my man. But his love was only superficial, Chrysis. He never sighed, he never shed tears for me and he never spent the night waiting at my door. One day he came to see me, knocked at my door, but I did not open it. You see, I had the painter, Callides, in my room; Callides had given me ten drachmas. Demophantos swore and beat his fists on the door and left cursing me. Several days passed without my sending for him; Callides was still in my house.

Thereupon Demophantos, who was already quite excited, went wild. He broke open my door, wept, pulled me about, threatened to kill me, tore my tunic, and did everything, in fact, that a jealous man would do, and finally presented me with six thousand drachmas. In consideration of this sum, I was his for a period of eight months. His wife used to say that I had bewitched him with some powder. That bewitching powder, to be sure, was jealousy. That is why, Chrysis, I advise you to act likewise with Gorgias. The boy will be rich if anything happens to his father.


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