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Oil Lamp - Ancient Erotic Scene - Athens, 500 BC - Museum Reproduction - Ceramic Artifact

Oil Lamp - Ancient Erotic Scene - Athens, 500 BC - Museum Reproduction - Ceramic Artifact

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Material: Ceramic
Condition: New, Handmade in Greece.
Height: 10 cm - 3,9 inches
Width: 23 cm - 9,1 inches
Length: 13 cm - 5,1 inches
Weight: 720 g

An oil lamp is an object used to produce light continuously for a period of time using an oil-based fuel source. The use of oil lamps began thousands of years ago and continues to this day, although their use is less common in modern times.
Love, sex, and marriage in ancient Greece are portrayed in Greek literature as distinct, yet closely intertwined, elements of life. For many upper-class men, marriages did not take place for love, and other relationships, be it with men or other women, took on this role. Due to this, a lot of the literature discussing love is about the relationships men had outside marriage, often pederastic relationships. For women, marriage was a social and financial decision made by their father and, particularly in classical Athens, women were expected to stay indoors so as to avoid any accusations of infidelity.
Marriage traditions in ancient Greece differed depending on the city-state, and majority of the sources, both literary and material, are about the upper classes. In upper-class families, marriage was seen as a way for the bride’s father to increase the wealth and social standing of the family, and love was rarely a factor. Women would usually get married in their early teens - though this was not the case in Sparta - and men would get married around their mid to late twenties. In Athens, where the majority of the written sources comes from, this was partly because they were expected to complete compulsory military service beforehand.


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