Ancient British Porn: Roman Sex Token Found in London
See an Erotic Coin that Ancient Brits Exchanged for Sex
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Jan. 5 2012 2:09 PM

Did You See This? Ancient British Porn

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An ancient brothel token recently discovered in London.

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The Guardian of London reports that a bronze disc (pictured above) recently discovered near Putney Bridge in London is in fact a forerunner to modern pornography. Apparently the disc was once a token that ancient (circa 1st-century A.D.) Brits could use as payment at brothels in London (then a Roman outpost). Carol Vogel, writing at ArtsBeat, says "the bearer would exchange it for the sex act depicted." Read more at the Guardian. (Via ArtsBeat.)

David Haglund is the literary editor of NewYorker.com. 

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