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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

POWER OF PHILTRES AND CHARMS. 

 

The Romans, who borrowed most of their customs from the Greeks, also 

followed them in that of endeavoring to conciliate love by the power of 

philtres and charms; a fact of which we have not the least room to 

doubt, as they are in Virgil and some other of the Latin poets so many 

instances that prove it. But it depends not altogether on the testimony 

of the poets: Plutarch tells us, that Lucullus, a Roman General, lost 

his senses by a love potion; and Caius Caligula, according to Suetonius, 

was thrown into a fit of madness by one which was given him by his wife 

Caesonia; Lucretius too, according to some authors, fell a sacrifice to 

the same folly. The Romans, like the Greeks, made use of these methods 

mostly in their affairs of gallantry and unlawful love; but in what 

manner they addressed themselves to a lady they intended to marry, has 

not been handed down to us, and the reason we suppose is, that little or 

no courtship was practised among them; women had no disposing power of 

themselves, to what purpose was it then to apply to them for their 

consent? They were under perpetual guardianship, and the guardian having 

sole power of disposing of them, it was only necessary to apply to him. 

In the Roman authors, we frequently read of a father, a brother, or a 

guardian, giving his daughter, his sister, or his ward, in marriage; 

but we do not recollect one single instance of being told that the 

intended bridegroom applied to the lady for her consent; a circumstance 

the more extraordinary, as women in the decline of the Roman empire had 

arisen to a dignity, and even to a freedom hardly equalled in modern 

times. 

 

 

EASTERN COURTSHIP. 

 

It has long been a common observation among mankind, that love is the 

most fruitful source of invention; and that in this case the imagination 

of a woman is still more fruitful of invention and expedient than that 

of a man; agreeably to this, we are told, that the women of the island 

of Amboyna, being closely watched on all occasions, and destitute of the 

art of writing, by which, in other places, the sentiments are conveyed 

to any distance, have methods of making known their inclinations to 

their lovers, and of fixing assignations with them, by means of 

nosegays, and plates of fruit so disposed, as to convey their sentiments 

in the most explicit manner: by these means their courtship is generally 

carried on, and by altering the disposition of symbols made use of, they 

contrive to signify their refusal, with the same explicitness as their 

approbation. In some of the neighboring islands, when a young man has 


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