If you wish to comment on photos or stories - e-mail the author at darktales gmail. Do NOT view if you may be offended. What divides the Romans from our contemporary society is the institution of slavery, which enabled them to categorise huge numbers of individuals as 'non-people' who could be obscenely abused and treated with ultimate cruelty — for the amusement and sadistic satisfaction of their masters. Roman attitudes to sexuality, violence and morality in the 1 st Century were very different to those generally accepted in the 21st Century.
Taken from 'Calvius and the Boy Gladiators' part of the 'A Day at the Games Series' Gracchus Gracchus was always on the look out for cheap slaves, and had his agents 'trawl' the streets regularly for such 'urchins' and 'rent-boys'. Some boys, who were picked up from the streets, were used to work in the gladiatorial, wrestling and boxing schools, and were often required to 'reward', with sexual favours, those fighters who were victorious in the arena. The better looking lads were pampered with baths, massages and exercise routines. They were also taught various sexual techniques by Grachus' most experienced catamites, and they were then hired out to patricians for the regular 'sex-shows', which formed an essential part of the all-male, lavish dinner-parties held in the palatial villas of the wealthy and privileged.
Homosexuality Among the Gladiators Was Common in Ancient Rome
Bear in mind that during the Roman Empire, which began around B. Instead, same-sex relations were viewed through the lens of passive and submissive, where a premium was placed on men who were dominant. Most all gladiators were slaves or former condemned prisoners. While the current data is somewhat scattered, published research suggests the average age was around
Statue of Antinous Delphi , polychrome Parian marble depicting Antinous , made during the reign of Hadrian r. Williams has noted, "the prime directive of masculine sexual behavior for Romans". Both women and young men were considered normal objects of desire, but outside marriage a man was supposed to act on his desires with only slaves, prostitutes who were often slaves , and the infames.