If you thought the Ancient Greeks and Romans liked to spice it up then wait until you hear about the Ancient Egyptians. Read me.

When it came to relationships, Ancient Egyptians had strict rules. Adultery (as is such in most cultures) was frowned upon. They were pioneers in early forms of birth control. Crocodile dung and Acacia gum are just some ingredients experimented with to decrease the chance of having children.

The Egyptians weren’t that fussed about virginity, either. Unlike the Greeks and Romans who viewed virginity as pure and sacred. Premarital relationships were normal. So marriage wasn’t a big part of the sexual radar either.

Incest played a big part in the Ancient Egyptian cosmos. Many gods and goddesses were brothers, sisters, fathers and mothers and there are several who married one another and had children. Egyptian royalty loved to emulate the divine so they would often marry and have children within the family. This was thought to strengthen the bloodline.

Unfortunately, it had the opposite effect.

The common people didn’t seem to practice incest. They had regular relationships - incest was mostly bespoke to the elite.

Unlike the Romans, the Egyptians didn’t produce much erotic material. The most famous example is called The Turin Papyrus. It dates to the Ramesside Period (1150 BC). It is believed to be more a work of satire than seen as being a source for sexual arousal.

The Egyptians believed that semen came from the spine. Semen plays a large part in their mythology and they reasoned that this life-giving substance came from particular vertebrae in the spinal column. Life sprang forth from this sacred bone.