Jess Lea first fell in love with the ancient Mediterranean world during school trips to the local museum and library. Wandering through shadowy rooms, Jess discovered a wealth of secrets and treasures: tomb paintings of dancing girls, erotic poems addressed to beautiful boys and ruthless women, folk stories of hermaphrodites and shape-changing eunuchs, and two-thousand year old portraits of people so hauntingly lifelike it was impossible to think of them as dead. Later, as an adult, Jess became fascinated by the silences in most popular accounts of history. Where were the lives of women? Of people whose genders and sexualities had made them outlaws? Writing the queer past through fiction came to seem difficult, necessary, and irresistible.
Ariston is a palace eunuch in the court of Cleopatra VII. Handsome, successful and vain, he is used to the advances of the women and men of the Alexandrian court, none of whom suspect his secret: that Ariston was born a girl. But what happens when the queen herself takes an interest? (F/F)
Erotic Stories in the Ancient World
There have always been lusts that transcend limits. The rush of fire in the blood, the hunger for touch, the compulsion to bury oneself in the flesh of another. Ancient storytellers enraptured audiences with tales of love and lust, of the dangerous passions of gods and heroes and monstrous creatures, pursued sometimes to destruction.
These modern interpretations of those ancient themes span histories and cultures from Greece and Rome to Egypt and the Holy Lands, stories of love and betrayal, of vengeful gods and goddesses, and pleasurable peace. There is much more to a palace eunuch than meets the eye. One man must face his greatest sins, while another battles to save his lover’s life. A woman must balance appeasing her ethereal deity and her earthly desires, and another is imprisoned behind the bars of a gilded cage.
Eleven tales of intense lust in the ancient world crafted by ForbiddenFiction’s best authors, ready for you to peel back the cover and indulge your carnal appetites.