Host: Kathleen Turner.
More about sex than love, the informative, straightforward “Love in the Ancient World” touches on sexual practices, marriage rites, homosexuality and the first stirrings of romantic love through major civilizations — from the taboo-less Ice Ages to the Platonic Greeks to the incestuous Pharaohs and fun-loving Romans — with nary a “nudge-nudge, wink-wink” in sight.
Spec’s written by Prof. Christopher Miles, who has had experience in the sex/love area: Miles helmed D.H. Lawrence biopic “Priest of Love,” a sobriquet that Lawrence slapped on himself.
“Love” begins in the second Ice Age, with the cult of female worship, which, sadly, had been annulled by the time of Hammurabi’s Code. Husky-voiced Kathleen Turner, with frank narration, takes the audience through the ages, and Miles’ analysis of gods and God in relation to sex and morality turns up some interesting conclusions.
Some things never change, though, as it is shown that the double standard in regard to sexual behavior (men with many partners are macho, women are tramps) is as old as Ur, and yes, it does seem that prostitution is the world’s oldest profession.
Like all broad looks at detailed subjects, some history gets glossed over, but overall, Miles sticks with his narrowcasting of the subject matter and offers up some thoughtful commentary.