In this chapter, I explore examples of human-animal sex in different ancient sources, aiming to ascertain if any of these literary accounts convey the cultural and social views on sex between human and animals. I start by approaching the mythological traditions of three female figures – Leda, Europa and Pasiphae – explaining the differences between these myths and breaking down the information they provide regarding human-animal sex in ancient Greece. I then explore references and allusions to human-animal sex in the works of several ancient authors, including Herodotus, Theocritus, Plutarch and Artemidorus Daldianus, analysing their context and ascertaining if the information they provide conveys the social perception of this sexual act.
|Title of host publication||Sex and the Ancient City|
|Subtitle of host publication||Sex and Sexual Practices in Greco-Roman Antiquity|
|Editors||Andreas Serafim, George Kazantzidis, Kyriakos Demetriou|
|Publication status||Published - May 2022|
|Name||Trends in Classics - Supplementary Volumes|