An exhibition featuring eye-popping art in Athens has shed light on the practice of sex in the classical Greece.
"The Greeks were anything but prudes," said Nicholaos Stampolidis, director of the Museum of Cycladic Art, where the show will run for six months. "Theirs was a society of great tolerance and lack of guilt."
Stampolidis was able to narrate the story of love in antiquity after amassing around 272 objets d'art, including masterpieces from more than 50 international museums which date from the 6th century BC to the 4th century AD.
"The concept of Eros - love - was very broad in ancient times," the archaeologist said. "Sexual desire was, of course, a component but it was also a unifying force that encompassed the desire for anyone or indeed anything."
"It wasn't an easy task," The Guardian quoted the professor, as saying.
He went on: "It's easy to write about love in either poetry or prose. It's much more difficult to represent it visually."