World's Earliest Erotic Graffiti Found

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posted on Jul, 7 2014 @ 02:28 AM
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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:
www.theguardian.com...

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.
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posted on Jul, 7 2014 @ 02:35 AM
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a reply to: Kangaruex4Ewe

Could be a rocket...


I believe you'll find this kind of stuff all over Egypt too... Apparently they were all about the pron...




posted on Jul, 7 2014 @ 02:39 AM
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Can you guys give me some time alone in here for a bit? Thanks



posted on Jul, 7 2014 @ 02:39 AM
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Found this gem while rock climbing in central Texas hill country.



posted on Jul, 7 2014 @ 02:46 AM
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a reply to: skunkape23

Isn't that the same symbol that is used on your official letterhead skunkape?



posted on Jul, 7 2014 @ 02:48 AM
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a reply to: skunkape23

Impressive!



posted on Jul, 7 2014 @ 03:16 AM
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did they had to pay the ticket to see it or it was freebie?

impressive piece of work, nevertheless.



posted on Jul, 7 2014 @ 03:18 AM
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originally posted by: Kangaruex4Ewe
a reply to: skunkape23

Isn't that the same symbol that is used on your official letterhead skunkape?


Similar form. Much elongated.



posted on Jul, 7 2014 @ 03:22 AM
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Nice find but they said the earliest?? that would be wrong IMHO
Without running afoul of the rules and ire of the Mods.
graffitiprof.blogspot.jp...
klik the link here, of Senmut getting busy with his boss and queen Pharaoh Hatsheput who lived and died between 1508–1458 BC
And I still don't think my example could claimed the title the earliest erotic graffiti'
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posted on Jul, 7 2014 @ 03:36 AM
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a reply to: RichAwake

Ha Ha! Know it should be a longer sentence but I can't think of anything acceptable for the sensitive that I might have added.



posted on Jul, 7 2014 @ 03:37 AM
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a reply to: Kangaruex4Ewe

Finally some real porn and none of this doom porn..

Check out Khajuraho for some additional ancient erotisism. They have it down, or up whichever way you want to look at it. It's no wonder India has such a large population. Just a little over a thousand years old.



posted on Jul, 7 2014 @ 03:44 AM
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a reply to: Kangaruex4Ewe

I think your assumption that earlier people were prudish about sex is just something we were all taught at school by inferment and originally put out by the Church when it took over 'our morals' (sex is purely for procreation certainly not enjoyment I remember being told as a Kid). Pagans use to love to celebrate life and creation of life had a number of 'celebrations' one was Saturnalia which was steeped in ancient times and the Bacchus celebrations. I suspect there were a lot more 'erotic' carvings about before they got erased. Can't help wondering how the Prof handled it with his students though, if he was an older gentleman.



posted on Jul, 7 2014 @ 03:48 AM
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originally posted by: MarlinGrace
a reply to: Kangaruex4Ewe

Finally some real porn and none of this doom porn..

Check out Khajuraho for some additional ancient erotisism. They have it down, or up whichever way you want to look at it. It's no wonder India has such a large population. Just a little over a thousand years old.

You taking about that Temple right? yeah I peeped that sometime ago,the Peruvians got some pretty raunchy pottery stuff aslo
The Ancient Erotic Art
Of

The Larco Museum
Or

Larco Museo

Shocking how the ancients got down and dirty and we thought we invented everything.
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posted on Jul, 7 2014 @ 03:59 AM
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Its good to see we haven't changed much over the 1000s of years and that a good penis joke is always funny.



posted on Jul, 7 2014 @ 04:10 AM
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Up until the invention of the abrahamic religions society was far less prudish and inhibited ..

Many early civilizations left erotic figurines and drawings ..

Interesting find ..

S&F



posted on Jul, 7 2014 @ 04:21 AM
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a reply to: Kangaruex4Ewe

I suppose that how you define graffiti determines what would be the oldest and I personally would think the following will apply. however it predates this,Greek find by a little over 20,000 years-




posted on Jul, 7 2014 @ 04:41 AM
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originally posted by: Expat888
Up until the invention of the abrahamic religions society was far less prudish and inhibited ..

Many early civilizations left erotic figurines and drawings ..

Interesting find ..

S&F


Expat are you familiar with the works of Utamaro ,Hokusai , Koryusai Isoda. and others?? I read a book sometimes back about that era and their attempt at cultural liberation through erotic arts all stemmed from roughly same time frame,they wanted to break away from the rigidity of Bushido social system, this did not go over well with authorities who sought to clamp down on houses of ill repute and the arts that go along with it,problem was like it is now many who came out against it in public,supported it in private.



posted on Jul, 7 2014 @ 04:54 AM
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originally posted by: Spider879

originally posted by: MarlinGrace
a reply to: Kangaruex4Ewe

Finally some real porn and none of this doom porn..

Check out Khajuraho for some additional ancient erotisism. They have it down, or up whichever way you want to look at it. It's no wonder India has such a large population. Just a little over a thousand years old.

You taking about that Temple right? yeah I peeped that sometime ago,the Peruvians got some pretty raunchy pottery stuff aslo
The Ancient Erotic Art
Of

The Larco Museum
Or

Larco Museo

Shocking how the ancients got down and dirty and we thought we invented everything.


Yes all those monuments, are amazing for sure. If they have had cameras back then we wouldn't even have a porn industry today we would have been numb to it.



posted on Jul, 7 2014 @ 05:03 AM
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a reply to: Spider879

We can also lolok to India for exhibits of very erotic patronage. The Kamasutra I think dates back to some 400BCE so I don't doubt there would be a lot of eroticism although their fabulous Hindu Temples seem to have been constructed before the 10th century CE.

Just as a side-line after looking at those magnificent temples and the couples looking so very happy with each other. What makes me smile, especially when I see some a woman waddlying along with all the 'modest regalia she can get on without tripping up, is that its clear that garb was to protect from the sand and its ageing and wear on her skin originally - modesty was probably observed principally by mothers trying to protect their daughters from unwanted men's attentions, especially in the desert countries as some men there price their women much like cattle.'



posted on Jul, 7 2014 @ 05:32 AM
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originally posted by: Shiloh7
a reply to: Spider879

We can also lolok to India for exhibits of very erotic patronage. The Kamasutra I think dates back to some 400BCE so I don't doubt there would be a lot of eroticism although their fabulous Hindu Temples seem to have been constructed before the 10th century CE.

Just as a side-line after looking at those magnificent temples and the couples looking so very happy with each other. What makes me smile, especially when I see some a woman waddlying along with all the 'modest regalia she can get on without tripping up, is that its clear that garb was to protect from the sand and its ageing and wear on her skin originally - modesty was probably observed principally by mothers trying to protect their daughters from unwanted men's attentions, especially in the desert countries as some men there price their women much like cattle.'

So true in ancient times as far back as ancient Sumer the priestess of Inanna doubled as prostitutes, I can bet most men would rather not stay home and watch their version of Sunday sports.
Btw there is this festival in Japan called Kanamara Matsuri, just took place a couple months back won't post any pics but will post a link,fun for the entire family, I don't see this happening in the States without someone getting sued.



Each spring, people flock to Kawasaki, Japan, to celebrate Kanamara Matsuri, aka the "Festival of the Steel Phallus."

Held this year on April 6, the festival is a celebration of the penis and fertility. People parade gigantic phallic-shaped mikoshi (portable Shinto shrines) down the streets during the event, as revelers suck on penis lollipops, buy penis-themed memorabilia and pose with sculptures in the shape of -- you guessed it -- penises.

According to the BBC, the festival is believed to have roots in the 17th century, when prostitutes are said to have prayed for protection from sexually transmitted infections at Kawasaki's Kanamara shrine.

Today, the festival reportedly raises awareness about safe sex practices and fundraises for HIV prevention.

Japan's Annual Penis Festival Is As Phallic As You'd Expect

www.huffingtonpost.com...enis-festival-kanamara-matsuri_n_5106378.html
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