Discover some fascinating historical sex facts that are sure to entertain you!

1. The term "clitoris" originates from the Greek language, meaning "divine" or "goddess-like."

2. Cleopatra is said to have filled a papyrus box with bees for use as a vibrator.

3. In ancient Greece, the phallus, often in the form of a “herma”, was an object of worship as a symbol of fertility.

4. Johann Bachofen, a Swiss jurist, significantly influenced the study of the history of sexuality. His ideas, heavily derived from a close reading of ancient mythology, were both influential and criticized by many authors, including Lewis Henry Morgan and Friedrich Engels.

5. The I Ching, a Chinese classic text on divination, uses sexual intercourse as one of its two fundamental models to explain the world. The text describes Heaven and Earth engaging in sexual intercourse without embarrassment or circumlocution.

6. Sex toys, such as dildos, have been depicted in Upper Paleolithic art dating back 30,000 years. This means that humans invented sex toys even before the invention of the wheel.

7. Chinese men began using cock rings during the Jin dynasty, and it is believed that goat eyelids were also used for this purpose, according to historical records.

8. The Genji Monogatari (Tale of Genji), dating back to around the eighth century AD, is often considered the world's first novel. It portrays eroticism as a central aspect of the aesthetic life of the nobility. The sexual interactions of Prince Genji are described objectively, in great detail, indicating that sexuality was as valued a component of cultured life as music or any other art form.

9. Ancient Greek soldiers going to war gave their wives bread-shaped objects known as "olisbokollikes" to use in their sexual satisfaction while they were away.

10. India has played a significant role in the history of sex, with some of the earliest texts treating sexual intercourse as a science, and its influence can still be seen in modern times through new-age groups' attitudes towards sex. India can be considered a pioneer in the use of art and literature for sexual education.

11. In pre-Christian religions, sex was often viewed as a form of celebration and worship, mirroring the sensual power of the gods.

12. In Roman patriarchal society, the ideal of a “real man” was to govern himself and others with excellence, and not to succumb to the use or pleasure of others. Same-sex behaviors were not considered detrimental to a Roman's masculinity, as long as he played the penetrative or dominant role.

13. In 14th century France, it was not uncommon for men to be required to demonstrate their ability to achieve an erection by masturbating in front of a court of law.

14. Funisia dorothea is believed to be the earliest known animal to have engaged in sexual reproduction, potentially pushing back the history of sex by as much as 30 million years, according to most scientists.

15. In the 1450s, the first mention of a merkin (also known as a pubic wig) was found in The Oxford Companion to the Body. There are a few theories regarding its origin: one suggests that prostitutes had to shave their vulvas to combat pubic lice but did not want to look hairless, while another proposes that merkins were worn to cover up any signs of venereal diseases such as syphilis on the vulva.

16. According to sexologist and author Carol Queen, PhD, during the period of 1790s-1809, Napoleon wrote to his wife Josephine, instructing her not to wash and promising to return home in eight days.

17. In the 17th century, Egyptian women used a homemade spermicide by soaking cotton in a mixture of fruit, honey, and dates and inserting it into their vaginas.

18. During the Roman Republic, the concept of male sexuality was centered around the citizen's duty to control his body, with virtue being equated with "manliness". Similarly, for women of good social standing, the corresponding virtue was "pudicitia", a form of sexual integrity that emphasized both their attractiveness and self-control.

Well, we hoped you enjoyed these fun historical sex facts!