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Image Index > > Orgy Of Satyrs With Oral And Anal Sex

Satyrs engage in an orgy of mutual fellatio and anal intercourse. One satyr attempts to rape a sphinx. Satyrs represent male energy without inhibitions or social restraint: Man's quasi-animal nature. Such acts among adult figures like these must therefore have been considered outré and bestial, capable of being committed only by satyrs.

Artist Nikosthenes Painter
Date c. 500 BCE
Museum and Inventory Number Antikensammlung, Berlin 1964.4
References and Publications ARV2 1700(id.)
K. J. Dover, Greek Homosexuality (London 1978) R 1127
O.J. Brendel, "The Scope and Temperament of Erotic Art in the Greco-Roman World," in T. Bowie (ed.), Studies in Erotic Art (New York 1970), fig. 20
E.C. Keuls, The Reign of the Phallus (New York 1985) fig. 252-3.
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