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By far the segment most familiar to us of Roman society is probably the upper class When we hear about life in ancient Rome and the foodcooking it is the lavish dinner parties or orgies given by these people that come to mind or Perhaps Animal House But The Romans didnt build their empire on orgies of the popular concept though The Romans called their orgies convivia cenue banquets or comissationes revels As there were no Five-Star restaurants in ancient Rome all the best cooks belonged to wealthy aristocratic households and here is where the gourmet dinner parties and banquets as well as orgies took place Because they were the regular form of social contact the Roman orgies were in the main quite tame and under control with moderate drinking an occasional dirty joke a few classy men mistresses or flute-girls AND THEY PLAYED MORE THAN JUST A FLUTE THEY WERE prostitutes Some banquets were down right educational the only titillation being the exchange of ideas and philosophical yearnings Other banquets were devoted to political or business negotiations Some Romans also cherished a real ORGY featuring boys that were used for anal intercourse prostitutes naked or near naked slave girls and boys and indeed sex acts both speakable and unspeakable One important fact of ancient Greek and Roman orgies was that the sex act itself was normally done behind closed doors Even the insanely lewd emperor Caligula would withdraw to his bedroom for this purpose If Caligula happened to be on your guest list definitely dont bring your spouse He used to lead his fellow diners wives away between courses then return to chat pleasantly about the good and bad points of their performance Not surprisingly Drinking at such orgies was excessive and occasionally to the point of fatality Plutarch tells of a Macedonian drinking wine in which the winner a certain Promachus drank three gallons of wine He won the money but he
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