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Sexual life in Pharaonic Egypt: towards a urological view

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Sex is a basic human need, common to all people at all times. It is evident that the ancient Egyptians were real human beings, not only a people who built massive pyramids and made mummies of their dead. The ancient Egyptians had a rich and varied sexual life, which they found an opportunity to describe in words and pictures. As in the other early primitive civilizations, erotic matters were of prime importance and became an integral part of life. In Pharaonic times, the Egyptians described impotence and recorded several methods to increase the sexual power. In the present paper, we will shed light on some aspects of the sexual life in ancient Egypt that may be interesting to the urologists, including ancient Egyptian concepts of sex and erotic matters, their own way of treatment of impotence and Min, the Egyptian fertility God.

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Shokeir, A., Hussein, M. Sexual life in Pharaonic Egypt: towards a urological view. Int J Impot Res 16, 385–388 (2004). https://doi.org/10.1038/sj.ijir.3901195

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