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THE FIRST WOMAN, AND HER ANTEDILUVIAN DESCENDANTS-1
THE FIRST WOMAN, AND HER ANTEDILUVIAN DESCENDANTS-2
THE FIRST WOMAN, AND HER ANTEDILUVIAN DESCENDANTS-3
THE FIRST WOMAN, AND HER ANTEDILUVIAN DESCENDANTS-4
THE FIRST WOMAN, AND HER ANTEDILUVIAN DESCENDANTS-5
THE FIRST WOMAN, AND HER ANTEDILUVIAN DESCENDANTS-6
THE FIRST WOMAN, AND HER ANTEDILUVIAN DESCENDANTS-7
DEGREES OF SENTIMENTAL ATTACHMENT AT DIFFERENT PERIODS-8
A VIEW OF MATRIMONY IN THREE DIFFERENT LIGHTS
FEMALE FRIENDSHIP
A LETTER TO A NEW MARRIED MAN
ITALIAN DEBAUCHERY
CUSTOM IN THE MOGUL EMPIRE
ANECDOTE OF CAESAR
POWER OF PHILTRES AND CHARMS
LAPLAND AND GREENLAND LADY
ART OF DETERMINING THE PRECISE FIGURE, THE DEGREE OF BEAUTY,THE HABITS, AND THE AGE, OF WOMEN, NOTWITHSTANDING THE AIDS AND DISGUISES OF DRESS
THE IDEAL OF FEMALE BEAUTY; OR A DESCRIPTION OF THE FAMOUS STATUE OF THE VENUS DE MEDICI
AN ESSAY ON MATRIMONY-1
AN ESSAY ON MATRIMONY-2
Three Contributions to the Theory of Sex. PREFACE
THE SEXUAL ABERRATIONS-1.1
DEVIATION IN REFERENCE TO THE SEXUAL AIM-1.2
GENERAL STATEMENTS APPLICABLE TO ALL PERVERSIONS-1.3
PARTIAL IMPULSES AND EROGENOUS ZONES-1.4
THE INFANTILE SEXUALITY-2.1
THE SEXUAL AIM OF THE INFANTILE SEXUALITY-2.2
THE INFANTILE SEXUAL INVESTIGATION-2.3
THE SOURCES OF THE INFANTILE SEXUALITY-2.4
THE TRANSFORMATION OF PUBERTY-3
THE THEORY OF THE LIBIDO-3.1
SUMMARY-3.2
SUMMARY-3.3
INDEX-1
INDEX-2
INDEX-3

For hearts, like your birds, may be tamed to your will. 

 

Be gay and good-humour'd, complying and kind, 

Turn the chief of your care from your face to your mind; 

'Tis thus that a wife may her conquests improve, 

And Hymen shall rivet the fetters of love. 

 

 

ORIGIN OF NUNNERIES. 

 

Soon after the introduction of Christianity, St. Mark is said to have 

founded a society called Therapeutes, who dwelt by the lake Moeris in 

Egypt, and devoted themselves to solitude and religious offices. About 

the year 305 of the christian computation, St. Anthony being persecuted 

by Dioclesian, retired into the desert near the lake Moeris; numbers of 

people soon followed his example, joined themselves to the Therapeutes; 

St. Anthony being placed at their head, and improving upon their rules, 

first formed them into regular monasteries, and enjoined them to live 

in mortification and chastity. About the same time, or soon after, 

St. Synclitica, resolving not to be behind St. Anthony in her zeal for 

chastity, is generally believed to have collected together a number of 

enthusiastic females, and to have founded the first nunnery for their 

reception. Some imagine the scheme of celibacy was concerted between 

St. Anthony and St. Synclitica, as St. Anthony, on his first retiring 

into solitude, is said to have put his sister into a nunnery, which must 

have been that of St. Synclitica; but however this be, from their 

institution, monks and nuns increased so fast, that in the city of 

Orixa, about seventeen years after the death of St. Anthony, there were 

twenty thousand virgins devoted to celibacy. 

 

Such at this time was the rage of celibacy; a rage which, however 

unnatural, will cease to excite our wonder, when we consider, that it 

was accounted by both sexes the sure and only infallible road to heaven 

and eternal happiness; and as such, it behoved the church vigorously to 

maintain and countenance it, which she did by beginning about this time 

to deny the liberty of marriage to her sons. In the first council of 

Nice, held soon after the introduction of christianity, the celibacy of 

the clergy was strenuously argued for, and some think that even in an 

earlier period it had been the subject of debate; however this be, it 

was not agreed to in the council of Nice, though at the end of the 

fourth century it is said that Syricus, bishop of Rome, enacted the 

first decree against the marriage of monks; a decree which was not 

universally received: for several centuries after, we find that it was 

not uncommon for clergymen to have wives; even the popes were allowed 


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