The post-war era saw developments that further stimulated the growth of a mass market. Classical mythology is based upon sex: In the period leading up to the French Revolutionpornography was also used as political commentary; Marie Antoinette was often targeted with fantasies involving orgies, lesbian activities and the paternity of her children, and rumours circulated about the supposed sexual inadequacies of Louis XVI. There are numerous sexually explicit paintings and sculptures from the ruined Roman buildings in Pompeii and Herculaneum but the original purposes of the depictions can vary. Epicurus yes, that Epicurus, the one who regarded pleasure as life's central purpose said that "sexual intercourse has never done anyone any good, and we should be content if it does us no actual harm" Epicurus, frg. Leon Battista Alberti's 'Hypnerotomachia Poliphili':
Although the plate has been used until worn out, then re-engraved and heavily used again, none of the contemporary impressions printed, which probably ran into the hundreds, have survived.
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The application of carved and cast fig leaves to cover the genitalia was common, if incongruous. Health and Efficiency Naturist. Though some specific sex acts were regulated or prohibited by earlier laws, merely looking at objects or images depicting them was not outlawed in any country until England bites back with Fanny Hill". Painted hand scrolls were also very popular. The Color of Words: