status of women in Roman society was considerably better, homosexuality and uncontrolled
sexual behavior were regular features of Roman society. The great 18th century historian
Gibbon, author of "The Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire," states that of all the Roman
Emperors, only Claudius was heterosexual.
EFFECT ON SOCIETY
Sexual promiscuity and negative attitudes toward women had a very detrimental effect on
society: Not only did they not contribute toward the creation of stable families, but they
also seriously affected the size of the population. Both Greece and Rome passed laws
requiring a man to marry and have a certain minimum number of children in order to
bequeath his property. Without a law, men
would not get married. They would be too busy having fun with prostitutes and boys.
However, these laws ultimately failed. Rome built an empire based on
peasant Roman soldiers fighting and dying for their country. It was one of the greatest
military machines in human history. But Rome collapsed in the 5th century CE. Why? It
could no longer defend itself. The very low birth rate meant a scarcity of Romans for the Army!
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The army by that time was entirely comprised of hired mercenary soldiers, and could not maintain
an empire. The greatest empires fell due to the
internal rot of the society, primarily caused by uncontrolled sexual
The idea of a stable family structure was often lacking in the most advanced