Erotic Greek painted vase discovered in Bulgaria

Bulgarian archaeologists have unearthed an Ancient Greek vase featuring an erotic scene during excavations in the Black Sea town of Sozopol. 

The archaeological excavations in Bulgaria's Sozopol [Credit: Burgasutre.bg]
The vase was found on Sunday during digs which first started in October 2011, and target the fortress wall of what once was one of the largest Greek polises on the Black Sea coast, and the ruins of the St. Nikolas of Myra monastery. 

It was discovered in the oldest archaeological layers in Sozopol dating back from the end of the 7th century to the middle of the 6th century BC, announced Prof. Bozhidar Dimitrov, Director of Bulgaria's National History Museum, who described the erotic scene on the vase as depicting "group sex".  as cited by Focus. 

"This vase, which was unfortunately found in several fragments, presents a very strong erotic scene. Several naked young people, boys and girls, are shown having sex in an unorthodox way. This is the first time such an ancient erotic scene is found in Bulgaria," Dimitrov said, as cited by Focus. 

"Such scenes are relatively rare. We have found thousands of ancient vases in Bulgaria but this is the first one of this type. I have seen similar vases in Greece. The Ancient Greeks considered sex a free gift from the gods, it was the Christian church that first proclaimed what is wrong and what is allowed in sex," he stated. 

"It was the church that imposed total bans, with the exception of one pose called missionary for a reason; anything else was banned, and considered perverted. For better or worse, the Ancient Greeks did not see it that way," Dimitrov added. 

Bulgaria's National History Museum did not release official photos of the new find near Sozopol on Sunday. 

Source: Novinite [April 22, 2012]

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