posted on Jul, 7 2014 @ 02:28 AM
I just came across this and knowing how we here at ATS love this stuff... I had to share it.
Wild, windswept, rocky and remote, Astypalaia is not an obvious place for the unearthing of some of the world's earliest erotic graffiti.
Certainly, Dr Andreas Vlachopoulos, a specialist in prehistoric archaeology, didn't think so when he began fieldwork on the Aegean island four years
ago. Until he chanced upon a couple of racy inscriptions and large phalluses carved into Astypalaia's rocky peninsula at Vathy. The inscriptions, both
dating to the fifth and sixth centuries BC, were "so monumental in scale" – and so tantalisingly clear – he was left in no doubt of the motivation
behind the artworks.
"They were what I would call triumphant inscriptions," said the Princeton-trained professor who found them while introducing students to the ancient
island world of the Aegean. "They claimed their own space in large letters that not only expressed sexual desire but talked about the act of sex
itself," he told the Guardian. "And that is very, very rare."
We all know sex has been around since the beginning of time. This isn't a picture from the beginning of time, but it's the oldest known erotic
graffiti found to date.
You can clearly see the phallic shape etched into the stone in the picture above. I guess ASSuming that older civilizations would be prudish was my
mistake. As pointed out below...
Chiselled into the outcrops of dolomite limestone that dot the cape, the inscriptions have provided invaluable insight into the private lives of
those who inhabited archaic and classical Greece. One, believed to have been carved in the mid-sixth century BC, proclaimed: "Nikasitimos was here
mounting Timiona (Νικασίτιμος οἶφε Τιμίονα).
"We know that in ancient Greece sexual desire between men was not a taboo," added Dr Vlachopoulos, who returned to the far-flung island last week to
resume work with a team of topographers, photographers, conservationists and students. "But this graffiti … is not just among the earliest ever
discovered. By using the verb in the past continuous [tense], it clearly says that these two men were making love over a long period of time,
emphasising the sexual act in a way that is highly unusual in erotic artwork. "
You can read more about the find here:
I wonder if we exist on this earth for another million years will we still be finding out things from civilizations that existed long ago? Or perhaps
a new civilization will be learning about us in this same fashion hundreds of years from now.
edit on 7/7/2014 by Kangaruex4Ewe because: (no